Florida Tech Narrowly Defeats Sailfish in Important Regional Matchup

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

Box Score

MELBOURNE, Fla.- It would come down to the final singles portion of Friday’s NCAA South Region match between Palm Beach Atlantic University and Florida Tech to decide a winner as unfortunately for the Blue and White it feel on the side of the Panthers.

Five of the six singles matches went three sets and it would take a late rally by FIT for the Panthers to come out on the winning side. Ranked No. 18 in the preseason ITA team rankings, the Panthers managed to hold ground against the No. 27-ranked Fish.

PBA led 4-2 heading into the final three singles but the late good work by FIT led them to a 5-4 win.

Things didn’t start out the way PBA hoped on Friday afternoon as FIT produced wins at No. 1 and No. 3-doubles respectively. PBA’s lone doubles win came from Natalia Trotter and Leyla Taracena who produced an 8-4 win.

The Sailfish earned wins quickly at No. 3 and No. 2-singles respectively as Trotter defeated her opponent 6-1, 6-2 while Victoria Baca put the Fish on top 3-2 following a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win at No. 2-singles.

Jessica Wharton wrapped up the next singles win at No. 5 with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 win before the Panthers managed their comeback.

No. 4-ranked individual, Kristina Huba, clinched the match with an 0-6, 7-6, 2-6 win at No. 1-singles for FIT over PBA’s Veena Vasquez, who ranks No. 14 in the NCAA South Region entering play today.

#27 PBA 4, #18 Florida Tech 5

1. Vasquez/Baca lost to Huba/Dohner 4-8
2. Trotter/Taracena def. Keister/Fahneigjelm 8-4
3. Vahatalo/Wharton lost to chanley/Close 5-8

1. Vasquez lost to #4 Huba 0-6,7-6,2-6
2. Baca def. Dohner 6-2,3-6,6-1
3. Trotter def. Chanley 6-1,6-2
4. Vahatalo lost to Fahneigjelm 3-6,6-0,5-7
5. Wharton def. Keister 6-3,4-6,6-1
6. Robinson lost to Widmark 2-6,6-4,2-6

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