Singles play propels women’s tennis over Stetson
In many close matches this season, the JU women’s tennis team has relied on its doubles team to earn the deciding team point. But the Dolphins found another way to win, taking four singles matches to post a 4-3 win over Stetson in an Atlantic Sun matchup on Saturday afternoon at the Keith Watson Family tennis complex.

JU extended its winning streak to five in improving to 15-4 and 6-3 in conference play. Overall, the Dolphins have won seven of its last eight and moved to 11-3 playing at home. Stetson, which entered the weekend in second place in the ASun standings, fell to 16-3 and 7-3.

Senior Eve Castaing continued her stellar season, defeating Stetson standout Carolina de los Santos, 6-4, 6-0 in singles play. De los Santos won the ASun “Freshman of the Year” award last season, but Castaing cruised in straight sets for her ninth straight singles win to improve to 17-2 on the season.

The Hatters won two out of the three doubles matches for the additional team point and also won in second singles. But JU freshman Flavia Nagayama recorded a three-met, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 win at third singles to help give the Dolphins momentum. Nagayama won her eight consecutive singles matchup to tie Castaing for the team-best mark with a 17-2 record.

Virginia Iwinski also maintain her hot streak, winning for the fifth consecutive time with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory from the fifth singles spot. Natalia Melibeu also posted a 6-4, 6-2 win from fourth singles, allowing JU to earn the four team points necessary to down Stetson.

The Dolphins have already clinched a berth in the ASun Tournament and will look to improve its seeding with the final two remaining regular season matches, starting on April 9 when it hosts local-rival UNF at 10 a.m.