The Stephen F. Austin women's tennis team posted a positive start to the 2012
season with a 6-1 win over Florida Atlantic Thursday afternoon in Boca Raton,
Fla. More impressive than the victory itself was the fashion in which SFA
recorded it win. Every player who stepped on the court in an SFA purple and
white uniform was competing in its first collegiate match.
"Your always excited to open the season with a win," said second-year head coach Patrick Sullivan. "The most telling stat about today's match is that we started six players in their first collegiate match, and they all performed brilliantly. We knew these were talented players when we brought them to SFA, but they still have to go out and prove themselves on the court."
The 'Jacks didn't waste anytime cracking the scoreboard sweeping all three doubles' matches to take an early 1-0 lead. The SFA women held the moment picking up quick singles wins at Nos. 1-3 singles. Freshman Tereza Bekerova handed SFA it's first singles with a 6-2, 6-3, victory over FAU's Justine Humair at No. 1 singles. Classmate Elena Kordolaimi tacked on a 6-3, 6-3, win at No. 3 singles before redshirt freshman Jithmie Jayawickrema posted the team's most impressive win with 6-1, 6-0 score over the Owl's Cassie Bergeson at the second spot.
Freshman Antonia Kolovou and Julia Lorca picked up hard fought three-set victories at Nos. 4 and 6 singles respectively before the Owls recorded their first point of the day, but the outcome of the match had already been decided.
"The girls really fought hard today, and I'm proud of how they came out focused," said Sullivan. "We now have to put this match behind us and get ready for Illinois. The Illini are a very good team, and are always well coached. This is a team that was in the top 25 throughout the 2011 season."
The 'Jacks will look to make it two in a row when they step on the court against Illinois Friday at 1 p.m. (noon east Texas time) from Fort Myers, Fla. Following the match SFA will remain in Fort Myers for the FGCU Hilton Garden Inn Invitational.