SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2011
Women's tennis drops close match to Kennesaw State
The JU women’s tennis team started strongly in winning its top-three singles matches before Kennesaw State rallied for victories in the remaining matchups as the Dolphins lost, 4-3, to the Owls on Friday afternoon.

JU saw its two-match winning streak end in falling to 10-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play. Kennesaw State continued its strong start, maintaining its spot near the top of the Atlantic Sun standings by improving to 14-3 and 4-1.

Kennesaw State won the fourth, fifth and sixth singles matches and won two out of three doubles competition for the additional team point that decided the overall outcome.

Dolphins senior Eve Castaing continued her hot streak from the top spot, winning her fourth straight individual match in beating Vera Shukundina, 6-3, 6-4. Castaing is 4-0 against ASun foes and 10-1 in her last 11 singles matches.

Freshman Gabriela Bartos continued to find a comfort zone at second singles, upping her ledger to 9-2 with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alexandra Apostu.

Fellow freshman Flavia Nagayama continued to dominate from the third singles position, rolling, 6-0, 6-0 in not dropping a single game to Lesha Holton .

But the Owls countered with straight-sets victories in the remaining three singles matches and two close victories in doubles play to come out of the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex with a victory.

Agatha Palider and Therese Lagerkvist, who won in fourth and fifth singles, respectively, beat JU’s tandem of Nagayama and Natalia Melibeu in a second doubles contest that required a tiebreaker before going to Kennesaw State, 9-8 (5).

Castaing and Bartos teamed for a first-doubles win but the Owls took the third and final doubles match, 9-7, that would help break the deadlock from singles play later in the match.

The Dolphins will have a chance to move past its disappointment with a quick turnaround. JU will host Mercer today at 2 p.m. in another ASun contest.