PBA Women's Tennis Comes Up Short in Quest for Second Straight NCCAA Crown

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

Box Score

MOBILE, Ala.- Although they basically breezed their way to the NCCAA National Tournament finals the Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team did not have enough to overcome Fresno Pacific University on Friday in Mobile, Ala. The Sunbirds knocked off the Sailfish by a 5-0 score and wrapped up a dominant showing at the tournament.

The Sunbirds finished 25-2 in the tournament with only losses to Azusa Pacific (Ca.) University in the NCCAA semi-finals while the Fish entered the championship match with just three losses on their resume in the tournament.

Fresno Pacific, a NCAA Division II transitional program, earned the NAIA National Championship in 2010.

After a signifigant weather delay forced the match to be moved indoors much later in the day, the two teams finally got together to close out their battle.

The Sunbirds came out firing in doubles and never looked back as the Fish were unable to mount a comeback in singles.

The Sailfish put together another very solid season as they reached the NCCAA finals yet again while tallying a 20-7 overall record. The program will graduate two key seniors in Victoria Baca and Natalia Trotter while returning a solid core next season.

Palm Beach Atlantic vs Fresno Pacific
May 10, 2013 at Mobile, Ala.

#12 Fresno Pacific 5, Palm Beach Atlantic 0

Singles competition
1. #19 Marie Boura (FPU-WT) vs. #23 Veena Vasquez (PBAWT) unfinished
2. #26 Petra Jurova (FPU-WT) def. Victoria Baca (PBAWT) 6-0, 6-0
3. Katarena Paliivets (FPU-WT) def. Natalia Trotter (PBAWT) 6-3, 6-4
4. Erika Januskova (FPU-WT) vs. Vilja Vahatalo (PBAWT) unfinished
5. Anna Mikhaylova (FPU-WT) vs. Jessica Wharton (PBAWT) unfinished
6. Erin Carlson (FPU-WT) vs. Leyla Taracena (PBAWT) unfinished

Doubles competition
1. #13 Marie Boura/Petra Jurova (FPU-WT) def. Veena Vasquez/Victoria Baca (PBAWT) 8-3
2. Erika Januskova/Katarena Paliivets (FPU-WT) def. Natalia Trotter/Leyla Taracena (PBAWT) 8-3
3. Anna Mikhaylova/Nicole Simoni (FPU-WT) def. Vilja Vahatalo/Jessica Wharton (PBAWT) 8-4

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