TUESDAY, MARCH 08, 2011
Women’s tennis back on winning track with victory over 49ers
Undeterred by its first loss of the season, the JU women’s tennis team went back to its winning ways in positing victories in the first four singles matches en route to a 5-2 decision over the Charlotte 49ers on Tuesday afternoon at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex.

JU captured the team doubles point and Eve Castaing, Flavia Nagayama, Gabriela Bartos and Natalia Melibeu all won their individual matches to help the Dolphins improve to 8-1. Charlotte dropped to 8-8.

Castaing continued a strong start to her senior season by improving to 8-1 at first singles. The Dax, France native won, 6-3, 6-2 against Alexandra Zinn. Castaing also teamed with Bartos for the victory in first doubles as the tandem stayed undefeated at 9-0.

Freshman Flavia Nagayama stayed unbeaten to start her college career, moving to 9-0 with a 6-2, 7-6 win. After starting the season at fourth singles, Nagayama won her first six matches from the third spot before earning another promotion. She rewarded that decision, winning her first match from the second-singles spot in beating Charlotte’s Andrea Rivera.

Bartos breezed in straight sets with a 6-1, 6-1 win and Melibeu dropped just four games in winning, 6-0, 6-4 from the fourth spot. Melibeu and Nagayama also tallied an 8-5 win at second doubles as the duo improved to 8-1 in 2011.

The Dolphins started the campaign with seven straight wins before falling to ETSU. JU will now look to cap a nine-match homestand with positive momentum when it hosts Miami on Wednesday at 9 a.m.