Women's Tennis Narrowly Defeated by No. 8-Ranked Seahawks

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

Box Score

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- The Sailfish women’s tennis team continued a busy stretch of play on Tuesday afternoon by hosting cross-town rival Northwood (Fla.) University at Gaines Park. Faced with a tough-task of taking on the No. 8-ranked (NAIA) Seahawks proved to be just a bit too much for the No. 30-ranked (NCAA Division II) Sailfish as NU came out on top 5-4.

The loss drops the Sailfish to 1-5 on the season as the team will prepare for a home date on Saturday, Feb. 22nd with St. Thomas (Fla.) University at 10 am. The match will be played in Delray Beach, Fla. at the Delray Beach Tennis Center.

The ‘Fish were forced to come from behind on Tuesday as the Seahawks were victorious at No. 2 and No. 3-doubles to take a 2-1 lead. Veena Vasquez and Yoanna Peshev were the team’s lone victors in doubles as the solid PBA tandem claimed an 8-2 win at No. 1-doubles.

PBA was then forced to go to work in singles in hopes of making up the deficit. That effort was dealt a big blow at No. 2-singles however with an injury to Peshev that forced the PBA freshman to stop play and ultimately lose to her opponent.

Vasquez would go on to defeat the No. 11-ranked (NAIA) singles player in the country at No. 1-singles by a score of 6-1, 6-4 to give the ‘Fish some momentum.

Other victories in singles came for PBA from Vilja Vahatalo at No. 5-singles (5-7, 6-3, 10-2) in come-from-behind fashion while Liddy Robinson (6-3, 6-4) also earned a victory at No. 6-singles.

In the end however the Seahawks would be too much in the middle singles as they claimed the tight victory.

#8 Northwood University 5, #30 Palm Beach Atlantic University 4
02/19/14 at West Palm Beach, Fla. (Gaines Park)

Singles competition

1. Veena Vasquez (PBAW) def. #11 Justyna Wojcik (NUWT) 6-1, 6-4
2. Ivana Vlakic (NUWT) def. Yoanna Peshev (PBAW) retired, retired
3. Adelaide Wood (NUWT) def. Jessica Wharton (PBAW) 6-4, 7-5
4. Valentina Souki (NUWT) def. Maja Jovic (PBAW) 6-3, 7-5
5. Vilja Vahatalo (PBAW) def. Toth (NUWT) 5-7, 6-3, 10-2
6. Liddy Robinson (PBAW) def. Julia Ferraz (NUWT) 6-3, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Veena Vasquez/Yoanna Peshev (PBAW) def. Justyna Wojcik/Valentina Souki (NUWT) 8-2
2. Ivana Vlakic/Adelaide Wood (NUWT) def. Jessica Wharton/Maja Jovic (PBAW) 8-6
3. Julia Ferraz/Toth (NUWT) def. Vilja Vahatalo/Samantha Grim (PBAW) 9-8 (7-4)

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