SATURDAY, APRIL 09, 2011
Women’s tennis drops close match to UNF
Eve Castaing and Flavia Nagayama continued their season-long dominance, but UNF’s fourth, fifth and sixth singles players helped send the JU women’s tennis team to a 4-3 loss in an Atlantic Sun match on Saturday at the Keith Watson Family Tennis Complex.
JU already secured its spot in the six-team ASun Tournament but could have entered as high as the third seed. That possibility is now gone as the Dolphins fell to 15-5 and 6-4. JU can still finish anywhere from fourth to sixth depending on the outcomes this weekend.
UNF won four singles matches to take the overall victory. The Ospreys moved to 13-5 and 8-2 and could be a potential JU opponent in the tournament.
Castaing stayed perfect in singles play against the ASun, winning her 10th straight match overall in defeating Aline Berkenbrock, 6-2, 7-5, at first singles. The Dax, France native is 18-2 overall and 10-0 against conference opponents this season despite playing every match from the top position.
Nagayama continued her stellar freshman season, winning her ninth consecutive match by besting Victoria Krook, 6-4, 7-6 at third singles. Nagayama tied Castaing for the team-best mark at 18-2 and improved to 9-1 versus the ASun.
Both Castaing and Nagayama were part of a winning doubles pairing, which accounted for JU’s additional team point. Castaing paired with Gabriela Bartos for an 8-6 win in first doubles over Berkenbrock and Simona Weymar. Castaing is 17-3 in doubles play, giving her a cumulative record of 35-5 this year.
Nagayama paired with Natalia Melibeu to defeat Melanie Aguirre and Danielle Day, 8-5, in second doubles. Nagayama upped her doubles record to 15-5, giving her a 33-7 cumulative record.
Day, Aguirre, Weymar and Melinda Doak each won their respective singles matches for UNF.
JU will close out the regular season when it hosts Georgia State on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.