Women's Tennis Closes Out the Fall Season with Conclusion of the Panther Invitational

Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications

MELBOURNE, Fla.- All three Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis tandems earned doubles victories in their final matchups of the Panther Invitational on Sunday as the team wraps up a successful fall season in Melbourne, Florida on the campus of Florida Tech. The squad also saw victories in five of their six singles matches on the day to close out a very rewarding weekend of tennis.

Junior Natalia Trotter was the only Sailfish singles player playing in the finals on Sunday as she took on Florida Tech’s Grief in the B Flight final. Trotter would come up short despite an excellent tournament as she was defeated 1-6, 2-6.

Victoria Baca and Veena Vasquez wrapped up their runs within the A Flight with victories as Baca earned a 6-1, 6-1 win to finish third while Vasquez claimed a fifth place finish with a 6-3, 6-1 win.

Jessica Wharton earned a third place finish in the B Flight with a come-from-behind effort of 4-6, 6-3, 10-4 victory. Maria Jimenez, Vilja Vahatalo, and Liddy Robinson also tallied wins in their final matches of the tournament.

On the doubles side it was Baca and Trotter teaming up for a defeat of Georgia Southwestern Universities’ Jones and Douberly for an 8-4 win while Vasquez and Wharton also claimed victory with an 8-3 win over GSW’s Ondo and Cangelosi.

Vahatalo and Jimenez rounded out PBA’s doubles efforts with an 8-3 victory over their own against GSW’s Vansant and Pinbell.

The Panther Invitational closes out PBA’s tournament play for the fall as they will now turn their energy and focus toward the championship spring season.

Women's doubles:

Baca/Trotter def. Jones/Douberly(GSW) 8-4
Vasquez/Wharton def. Ondo/Cangelosi (GSW) 8-3
Vahatalo/Jimenez def. Vansant/Pinbell (GSW) 8-3

Singles:

Flight A:

Baca def. Fridrik (Eckerd) 6-1,6-1
Vasquez def. Hawn (Eckerd) 6-3,6-1

Flight B:

Trotter lost to Grief ( FT) 1-6,2-6
Wharton def. Dohner (FT) 4-6,6-3,10-4

Flight C:

Jimenez def. Jenks (Eckerd) 6-1,6-1
Vahatalo def. Bullock (Eckerd) 6-4,6-7,10-6

Flight D:

Robinson def. M. Pinnell (GSW) 6-0,6-0

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