Women's Tennis Team Continues Recent Strong Play Within the Region

Written By: Michael Brown, PBA Sports Information Director

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Welcoming in yet another out-of-state foe in the University of West Alabama on Tuesday afternoon at Gaines Park, the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team had a bit more at stake in this match however as a matchup with the Tigers is one with South Region ramifications. Continuing their good luck of late within the region, PBA dominated to an 8-1 win.

Now ranked #34 in the latest NCAA Division II rankings after being outside the national rankings during the previous poll, the Lady Sailfish continue to gain momentum as they currently sit in the #10 spot in the South Region.

Against the Tigers the Fish only dropped the #3-doubles game by an 8-6 score however winning all six singles and the top two doubles portions of the match.

Lina Rubiano continued to lead the Fish at the top with a 6-2, 6-0 win at #1-singles while Natalie Aleman shook off a #2-singles three-setter by winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. The pair dominated for an 8-1 win at #1-doubles.

Natalia Trotter and Amber Braaten, both underclassmen, were pushed but withstood the UWA charge as Trotter won 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 while Braaten won 6-4, 7-6 (5). Trotter and Braaten won 8-3 at #2-doubles.

Jordan Ittersagen finished with a 7-5, 6-2 win at #5-singles while Krishna Domenech went 2-6, 6-0, 10-3 for a win at #6-singles.

PBA is now 10-8 on the season.

PBA  8            West Alabama 1

1D.  Rubiano/Trotter def. Harris/Babkina            8-1
2D.  Aleman/Braaten def. Bowden/Cuellar        8-3
3D.  Ittersagen/Domenech lost to Shoptaugh/Gerding  6-8

1.  Rubiano def. Harris            6-2, 6-0
2. Aleman def. Cuellar            6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. Trotter def. Gerding              6-1, 1-6, 6-0
4. Braaten def. Bowden          6-4, 7-6 (5)
5. Ittersagen def. Shoptaugh 7-5, 6-2
6. Domenech def. Babkina    2-6, 6-0, 10-3

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