March 3, 2012
Boca Raton, FL - The Florida Atlantic University women's tennis team dropped a hard fought 4-3 match to Sun Belt Conference opponent Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday afternoon at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton. The loss snapped the Owls' six-match winning streak.
FAU won the doubles point by getting victories from the tandem of junior Marlene Ryan and freshman Natalia Tomaszewicz, by winning a 7-3 tiebreaker, and the duo of senior Justine Humair and freshman Taylor Briggs, with an 8-3 victory.
However, the visitors seized momentum in singles by winning the first set in four the six matches.
Owls' freshman Catalina Ene came back to win a three-set decision at No. 6 singles, coming out on top in the deciding third set by a 6-4 score. Meanwhile, Ryan accounted for the team's other point with a three-set victory (4-6, 6-4, 6-1) at No. 2 singles. Meanwhile, junior Natasha Phillips lost a three-set match at No. 5 singles, and Humair dropped the third set 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
FAU stands 6-2 on the season and returns to the court on Wednesday, March 7, against Xavier University at Patch Reef Park, 2000 West Yamato Road in Boca Raton.
Middle Tennessee 4, Florida Atlantic 3
No. 1 Yuiri Nomoto (MT) def. Justine Humair (FAU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
No. 2 Marlene Ryan (FAU) def. Lexi Brand (MT), 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 Flavia Nagayama (MT) def. Cassie Bergeson (FAU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 4 Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Erika Mrazkova (FAU), 6-4, 7-6 (4)
No. 5 Marietta Bigus (MT) def. Natasha Phillips (FAU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
No. 6 Catalina Ene (FAU) def. Taylor Coffey (FAU), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
No. 1 Natalia Tomaszewicz/Ryan (FAU) def. Brand/Moraes (MT), 9-8 (3)
No. 2 Taylor Briggs/Humair (FAU) def. Bigus/Nomoto (MT) 8-3
No. 3 Alex Dachos/Nagayama (MT) def. Phillips/Ene (FAU), 8-5