Women¡¯s Tennis Topped By Florida International
RALEIGH, N.C.; February 4, 2007 ¨C The Penn State women¡¯s tennis team (0-3) dropped its second-straight decision to a nationally-ranked team as #32 Florida International notched a 6-1 win over the Nittany Lions in Raleigh, N.C.
Junior Jenny Shular (Peachtree City, Ga.) and sophomore Lauren Holzberg (Easton, Conn.) came out on top in a doubles nail-biter, topping Shilla D¡¯Armas and Marijana Cutuk by a 9-8 (4) margin. However, the Golden Panthers turned things around to clinch the doubles point with a pair of wins. Paula Zabala and Nikkita Fountain defeated senior Sasha Abraham (Hyderabad, India) and freshman Lauren McCarthy (Danbury, Conn.), 8-5, while Priscilla Castillo and Egle Petrauskaite topped freshman Sarah Lotto (Toronto, Ontario) and senior Andreea Niculescu (Montreal, Quebec), 8-4.
In singles action, Florida International had a dominating presence from the beginning, and never let up. Zabala topped Abraham (4-6, 6-4, 6-1), Petrauskaite defeated Niculescu (7-6, (4), 7-5), and Cutuk beat Shular (3-6, 6-2, 6-3). McCarthy fell (6-1, 6-4) to D¡¯Armas and Dohanics dropped (6-3, 6-4) to Maria Pazo. In the final singles match of the day, Penn State posted its lone win as Lotto topped Castillo (8-5).
¡°Unfortunately, we lost five matches in three sets over the past two days,¡± said head coach Buffy Baker. ¡°Sadly, that was the difference in the scores. We will have a good week of practice to prepare for next weekend¡¯s action.¡±
The Nittany Lions will battle Princeton and Temple next weekend in Princeton, New Jersey. Action begins Saturday, February 10, at 2 p.m.