April 16, 2005
DeLAND, FL - Florida Atlantic University upset top-seeded UCF, 4-2, Saturday in semifinal action at the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament in DeLand, FL. The Owls, seeded no. 4, won the doubles point and managed three additional singles wins to clinch the victory. The win puts FAU (8-10) one victory away from winning its second A-Sun championship in the past three years.
In doubles, the Golden Knights (11-8) won the first match that finished at no. 3 before FAU came back to take the next two. Alena Dvorakova and Elodie Wendling defeated Pamela Fernandez and Becky Gordon, 8-4, at no. 1 to even doubles play. Katherne Bartnik and Veronika Koksova then defeated Kristina Lohmos and Kyla McNichol, 9-8, at no. 2 to give the Owls a 1-0 lead heading into singles.
At no. 6 singles, Pia Terol was the first to win, defeating McNichol, 6-3, 6-2, to give FAU a 2-0 lead. Fernandez pulled the Golden Knights within 2-1 with a straight sets victory at no. 2.
The Owls went up 3-1 when Dvorakova defeated Lohmos, 6-4, 6-3, at no. 1. After UCF pulled within 3-2, the Owls closed it out when Bartnik defeated Ola Luczak, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, at no. 2.
Florida Atlantic will now face host Stetson Sunday morning in the championship match. The Hatters defeated FAU earlier in the year and are seeded no. 3. Stetson (16-6) defeated no. 2 Georgia State, 4-2, in Saturday's other semifinal. Doubles action for the championship is schedule to get underway at 10:00am.
No. 4 Florida Atlantic 4, No. 1 UCF 2
1. Alena Dvorakova (FAU) d. Kristina Lohmos (UCF) 6-4, 6-3.
2. Pamela Fernandez (UCF) d. Veronica Koksova (FAU) 6-4, 6-1.
3. Katherine Bartnik (FAU) d. Ola Luczak (UCF) 6-7, 6-2, 6-4.
4. Elodie Wendling (FAU) vs. Jennifer Carati (UCF), DNF.
5. Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) d. Claudia Kecht (FAU) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
6. Pia Terol (FAU) d. Kyla McNichol (UCF) 6-3, 6-2.
1. Dvorakova/Wendling (FAU) d. Fernandez/Gordon (UCF) 8-4.
2. Bartnik/Koksova (FAU) d. Lohmos/McNichol (UCF) 9-8.
3. Hunter/Yakimchenkova (UCF) d. Kecht/Terol (FAU) 8-1.