Nova Southeastern Defeats Palm Beach Atlantic in Women's Tennis Action

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

Natalia Trotter (Pictured) Led the PBA Efforts on Friday with a Win at No. 2-doubles while also Picking Up a Victory at No. 4-Singles. Photo Courtesy of: Jack Sahlman. Natalia Trotter (Pictured) Led the PBA Efforts on Friday with a Win at No. 2-doubles while also Picking Up a Victory at No. 4-Singles. Photo Courtesy of: Jack Sahlman.

Box Score

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team hoped to earn an important NCAA South Region victory on Friday afternoon as they battled Nova Southeastern University in a matchup of two talented squads. Unfortunately for the Fish it wouldn’t be their day as the Sharks earned wins in two-of-three doubles matchups and then secured the top-three in singles to produced a 6-3 victory over the Sailfish.

The loss for PBA (13-5) comes on the heels of an impressive win earlier this week over previously-unbeaten Northwood University (Mich.) who was ranked No. 16 in the most recent NCAA Division II poll.

The Sharks (8-12) however would have a plan in place to take down the Sailfish on Friday as they stormed out to a quick lead.

Alexandra Johansson and Austin Lavallii pushed PBA’s No. 1-doubles duo of Veena Vasquez and Leydi Zora to the brink as the Sharks duo came out ahead with an important 8-5 win.

PBA would even things up with a No. 2-doubles win behind the strong play of Victoria Baca and Natalia Trotter with an 8-6 win however the No. 3-doubles match would go the way of the Sharks as they prevailed in dominating fashion at 8-0.

With Trotter and freshman Alexis Antista producing wins at No. 4 and No. 6-singles respectively it appeared as if the Fish might make a run. However that all changed when the NSU trio of Johansson, Dominique Wimmer and Federica Longo each claimed singles victories at the top three slots.

Trotter defeated Daria Burobina 6-3, 7-5 while Antista was victorious over Lavallii by the scores of 5-7, 6-2, 10-5.

The Fish will depart town on Saturday morning for a busy weekend of tennis as they will travel to Atlanta, Georgia for three matches in three days.

#31 Nova Southeastern 6, #38 Palm Beach Atlantic University 3
04/05/12 at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Singles competition
1. Alexandra Johansson (NSW) def. Veena Vasquez (PBAWT) 6-3, 6-2
2. Dominique Wimmer (NSW) def. Leydi Zora (PBAWT) 6-3, 7-5
3. Federica Longo (NSW) def. Victoria Baca (PBAWT) 6-4, 6-3
4. Natalia Trotter (PBAWT) def. Daria Burobina (NSW) 6-3, 7-5
5. Charlotte Cote (NSW) def. Vilja Vahatalo (PBAWT) 6-3, 6-0
6. Alexis Antista (PBAWT) def. Austin Lavallii (NSW) 5-7, 6-2, 10-5

Doubles competition
1. Alexandra Johansson/Austin Lavallii (NSW) def. Veena Vasquez/Leydi Zora (PBAWT) 8-5
2. Victoria Baca/Natalia Trotter (PBAWT) def. Daria Burobina/Federica Longo (NSW) 8-6
3. Dominique Wimmer/Charlotte Cote (NSW) def. Alexis Antista/Liddy Robinson (PBAWT) 8-0

Match Notes
Palm Beach Atlantic University 13-5; National ranking #38
Nova Southeastern 8-12; National ranking #31

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