Sailfish Compete at C.L. Varner Memorial Tournament at Rollins College

Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant

WINTER PARK, Fla.- The Palm Beach Atlantic University women’s tennis team traveled to Rollins College to participate in the C.L. Varner Memorial Tennis Tournament.  Participating in a tough fall season tournament, coach Chi Ly’s team fought through several grueling matches to post respectable results.

Sophomore Montserrat Ripoll (Mexico City, Mexico), Olga Alekseeva (Bishkek, Krygyzstan), and sophomore Lina Rubiano (Wellington, Fla.) participated in the A Singles Flight for the Sailfish.  Ripoll had a strong 6-1, 6-4 preliminary round win against Allie Steele of host Rollins College.  In the second round, Ripoll had another stellar showing against 4th-seeded Ulia Talalenko of Nova Southeastern.  Ripoll made a strong statement with a 4-6 first set victory, but fell in the final two sets 6-1, 6-3. 

After taking the first set of her preliminary match 3-6, Alekseeva fell to Lauren Pfeiffer of Florida Gulf Coast in three sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-0.  In the A Back Draw, Alekseeva was able to redeem herself with a 6-3, 6-1 over Isa Ohlinger of Central Florida, but fell to Allie Steele 8-3 in her following match. 

Rubiano also lost her preliminary match 6-0, 6-0 against a tough opponent in 2nd-seeded Andrea Yacama of Central Florida, but like Alekseeva, Rubiano was able to battle back in the A Back Draw.  Rubiano won her first Back Draw match 6-2, 6-5 against Joanne Power of Florida Gulf Coast and later fell to Keva Palmer of Florida Southern College 8-2. 

In the B Flight, the Sailfish sent juniors Natalie Aleman (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) and Katie Livesay (Dayton, Tenn.), sophomore Krishna Domenech (Clermont, Fla.), and freshman Amber Braaten (Bullard, Tex.) to battle in yet another tough bracket. 

Aleman was the only player to score a victory for the Fish in the B flight with a strong preliminary round showing against Heather St. John of Florida Gulf Coast.  Aleman was able to take the first set 6-3 and was involved in a close second set before St. John had to retire because of injury.  However, Aleman could not build on the momentum of her first round match as she fell to Paige Lindsley of Nova Southeastern in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-1. 
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