Sailfish Upset by Spartans in Women's Tennis

Written By: Ron Kotouch, PBA Sports Information Graduate Assistant

TAMPA, Fla.- On Friday afternoon, the Sailfish women’s tennis team traveled to Tampa, Florida to take on the University of Tampa Spartans in a NCAA South Region battle.  In the first meeting of the season between these two squads, this match had the makings of an instant classic.  The match featured back and forth play and several pivotal matches that would decide the 5-4 victory for the underdog Spartans.

In doubles play, the Sailfish started off hot, as the dynamic duo of Montse Ripoll and Olga Alekseeva took a dominating 8-2 victory in the #1 doubles match.  However, the Spartans would rebound to the next two matches and a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. 

The outstanding play of Ripoll and Alekseeva carried over to singles play.  The two international stars showed their might and dominance in straight set victories of Tampa opponents.  Ripoll’s dominating 6-0, 6-0 victory over Kourtney Stark in the #1 singles match and Alekseeva’s 6-1, 6-1 throttling over Lauren Holt in the #2 singles match gave the fish a 3-2 lead.

Lina Rubiano followed with another dominating Sailfish victory in the #3 singles match.  Rubiano easily defeated Victoria Bell 6-4, 6-3, but that would be the last time the Sailfish would taste victory in the match.  Down 4-2 in the match, the Spartans needed to win the last three matches to take the match from the Fish. 

The Spartans would win the next two matches, and with the match even at 4-4, Tampa’s Lindsey Garyn defeated PBA’s Katie Livesay in the deciding match 7-6, 6-4.  Garyn’s victory completed an upset victory over the Sailfish and improves the Spartan’s  record to 8-12. 

With the loss, the Sailfish drop to 12-5 on the season.  The Fish will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to St. Leo to take on the Lions at 3:00 p.m.  This match will conclude regular season play for the Sailfish.  Be sure to check www.PbaSailfish.com for all match details and highlights.

University of Tampa 5, Palm Beach Atlantic University  4

Doubles

#1- Ripoll/Alekseeva (PBA) defeated Stark/Runge (UT)  8-2
#2- Bell/Kennedy (UT) defeated Rubiano/Aleman (PBA) 9-7
#3-Garyn/Mancini (UT)  defeated Braaten/Artigas (PBA) 8-6

Singles

#1- Ripoll (PBA) defeated Arnold (UT) 6-0, 6-0
#2- Alekseeva (PBA) defeated Holt (UT)  6-1, 6-1
#3- Rubiano (PBA) defeated Bell (UT) 6-4, 6-3
#4- Stark (UT) defeated Aleman (PBA) 7-5, 6-2
#5- Runge (UT) defeated Domenech (PBA)  6-1, 6-2
#6- Garyn (UT) defeated Livesay (PBA) 7-6, 6-4

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