April 19, 2003
DELAND, FL - Hitting on all cylinders, Florida Atlantic University jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship Match. The Lady Owls defeated Campbell, 4-0, to win the conference for the first time under head coach Caroline Hora. The match was never in doubt as seniors Maria Aguirre-Gomez and Jessica Burrow led the way, contributing to three FAU points. With the win, FAU improves to 19-5, and 6-0 in conference.
Unlike its past two matches in the A-Sun, FAU took the doubles point with ease. Krystel Borg and Tania Rivera came back down a break to win eight of the last nine games for an 8-3 win. The 35th ranked duo in the nation, Aguirre-Gomez and Burrow, followed with an impressive, 8-1, win at no. 2 and FAU led, 1-0.
In singles, FAU proceeded to sweep its way to victory. Krystel Borg picked up where she left off the previous day with a win at no. 5. Borg coasted to a win, 6-2, 6-0, over Lindsey Hughes.
At no. 6, Burrow had little trouble with her opponent taking the match, 6-2, 6-1. Burrow's doubles partner, Aguirre-Gomez, finished right behind her, 6-1, 6-3, at no. 3, sealing the title and putting a cap on a strong tournament for the tandem. Aguirre-Gomez and Burrow won all three of their doubles matches and recorded two singles wins each during the tournament.
Sophomores Alena Dvorakova and Borg also recorded two singles wins in the tournament. Dvorakova, the nations 70th ranked player, has won 20 consecutive singles matches. Meanwhile, Borg is second on the team in victories with 17.
The championship game was a fitting ending to a dominant performance put forth by the Lady Owls. FAU only gave up one point the entire tournament, winning by a combined score of 12-1. The team now looks forward to the NCAA tournament where its opponent is yet to be determined. The pairings will be announced, along with the sites, April 30th. First-round play will begin May 9.
1. Alena Dvorakova (FAU) vs. Kerstin Stockinger (CU) undecided.
2. Karolina Roubickova (FAU) vs. Carmen Linder (CU) undecided.
3. Maria Aguirre-Gomez (FAU) def. Pascale Veraverbeke (CU) 6-1, 6-3.
4. Tania Rivera (FAU) vs. Isabel Declercq (CU) undecided.
5. Krystel Borg (FAU) def. Lindsey Hughes (CU) 6-2, 6-0.
6. Jessica Burrow (FAU) def. Ingrid Stockinger (CU) 6-2, 6-1.
1. Dvorakova/Roubickova (FAU) vs. K. Stockinger/Linder (CU) unfinished.
2. Aguirre-Gomez/Burrow (FAU) def. Declercq/Veraverbeke (CU) 8-1.
3. Borg/Rivera (FAU) def. Hughes/I Stockinger (CU) 8-3.