Lady Sailfish Soar Past Bethel College Pilots in NCCAA First Round
May 8, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
MOBILE, Ala.- The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s tennis team shook off any potential rust from their long absence of official competition on Tuesday afternoon by sweeping Bethel College (Ind.) in the team’s first match at the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) National Championship in Mobile, Alabama. The Sailfish utilized a strong performance in doubles while pushing through for a 5-0 win with solid singles play as well.
Taking part in Pool B, the Sailfish received a bye in the first session before taking on the Pilots in their afternoon slate of action at the Mobile Tennis Center.
The Sailfish improve to 17-5 on the season as they are seeking their second-ever NCCAA National title. They will take on Campbellsville University on Wednesday afternoon to wrap up Pool play.
Freshman Veena Vasquez and senior Leydi Zora stood ground at their usual No. 1-doubles slot and made good on an 8-1 decision to start the match followed by similar scores and results from Victoria Baca and Natalia Trotter as well as Alexis Antista and Maria Jimenez at No. 2 and No. 3-doubles respectively.
Vasquez proved dominant once again at No. 1-singles as her straight sets win proved to be a statement while Zora clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3-singles.
All other PBA singles players were leading their respective matchups when the match was called following PBA’s 5-0 score and clinching of the victory.
Stay tuned to PBASailfish.com for updates on the team’s journey through the NCCAA National Tournament.
Palm Beach Atlantic University 5, Bethel College 0
05/08/12 at Mobile, Ala.
1. Veena Vasquez (PBAWT) def. O'Grady (BCWT) 6-0, 6-0
2. Victoria Baca (PBAWT) vs. Cressman (BCWT) unfinished
3. Leydi Zora (PBAWT) def. Neuenschwender (BCWT) 6-1, 6-1
4. Natalia Trotter (PBAWT) vs. Blodgett (BCWT) unfinished
5. Vilja Vahatalo (PBAWT) vs. Ramer (BCWT) unfinished
6. Liddy Robinson (PBAWT) vs. Steensma (BCWT) unfinished
1. Veena Vasquez/Leydi Zora (PBAWT) def. O'Grady/Neuenschwender (BCWT) 8-1
2. Victoria Baca/Natalia Trotter (PBAWT) def. Cressman/No player (BCWT) 8-1
3. Alexis Antista/Maria Jimenez (PBAWT) def. Focht/Atkins (BCWT) 8-3