Tennis Faces Road Test in Florida: North Florida (W 4-0) and South Florida (L 4-2)

(Patrick) #1

North Florida is riding a four-match winning streak heading into the match against the Cougars and hold a 10-4 overall record. Their most recent win was a 4-0 sweep against Savannah State. Freshman Florencia Rossi boasts an 8-2 record in singles and is 8-4 in doubles when playing with sophomore Lucia Montaño. The only senior on the team, Luise Intert, holds a dominant 7-1 singles record. The Ospreys are currently 8-2 at home.

Similar to North Florida, the Bulls are also on a four-match win streak. USF is 6-7 this spring season and 5-2 at home. Their most recent match was a 7-0 sweep of UTEP. A standout win came against Michigan State in which they won a close match 4-3. Junior Nicole Dzenga leads the Bulls in singles with an 8-3 record. She picked up a 6-1, 6-1 win against UTEP in their last match. Dzenga also picked up a 6-1 win in doubles that day with her partner Vanja Klaric.

(Patrick) #2

JACKSONVILLE – The Houston Cougar Women’s Tennis team beat North Florida in a 4-0 sweep on Thursday. With this victory Houston moves to 15-1 on the season and improves their road record to 4-1.

Tsveta Dimitrova and Ana Glumac started off doubles posting a 6-1 win over Luise Inert and Rafaela Gomez. They picked up their second consecutive win playing together and have yet to lose.

Constandena Nicolaou and Sveva Mazzari finished next and clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 victory against Valentina Mariotto and Florencia Rossi. This was their second time playing doubles together this spring season. Alison Mills and Lauren Alter’s match went unfinished with the score tied at 4-4.

The Cougars rode their momentum into singles play and won three straight matches to clinch the overall match. Mazzari was the first to finish and raced to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Eva Nyikos. The senior remains undefeated on the season with an outstanding 15-0 record in singles.

Nicolaou finished quickly after with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Valentina Mariotto. She improves to 11-1 this season in singles and continues to win her matches in straight sets. Houston led 3-0 over North Florida after this victory.

Dimitrova sealed the deal with a grinding 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Rafaela Gomez. Dimitrova finished strong after dropping the second set. She moves to 13-2 on the season in singles play.

There were three matches remaining when the Cougars completed the 4-0 sweep. Alter was leading against Lucia Montaño 7-5, 5-3. Alison Mills was down 6-7, 3-4 to Luise Inert, and Glumac was up 7-6, 5-4 against Florencia Rossi.

(Patrick) #3

The Houston Cougar Women’s Tennis team lost just its second match of the spring season against South Florida 4-2, on Friday, in Tampa, Fla. South Florida are the reining American Athletic Conference Champions.

Tsveta Dimitrova and Ana Glumac fell at the #1 spot 6-1 to Nicole Dzenga and Vanja Klaric. This was their first loss on the season when playing together.

South Florida clinched the doubles point as Juliana Cardoso and Jessica Chaves defeated Lauren Alter and Alison Mills 6-3. This loss put Alter and Mills at 10-3 on the season in doubles when paired.

Sveva Mazzari and Constandena Nicolaou’s match went unfinished and was tied at 4-4 at the time against Alexandria Mjos and Ana Roman.

The Bulls rode their momentum with Vanja Klaric beating Mills 6-0, 6-1. With the loss, Mills falls to 6-7 in singles play this spring season.

Alter gave the Cougars their first match win of the day with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ana Roman. This cut the Bulls lead to 2-1.

Dimitrova rode Alter’s momentum and provided a win of her own, with a score of 6-3, 6-4 over Jessica Chaves. Dimitrova improves to 14-2 on the season in singles. This victory tied the match at 2-2.

Despite the Cougars tying the match at 2-2, the Bulls pulled away, winning two straight singles matches.

Next, Glumac lost a tough match to Juliana Cardoso 6-2, 7-5. Cardoso won both her singles and doubles match today, with the singles match giving the Bulls the lead back at 3-2.

South Florida clinched the match 4-2 when Nicole Dzenga defeated Constandena Nicolaou 6-1, 7-5. This was only Nicolaou’s second loss of the season as she moved to 11-2.

With the loss, Houston now holds a 15-2 overall record in spring play.