THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2011
Women’s tennis ends season with loss to UNF in A-Sun Quarterfinals

UNF won in second, third and fourth singles and earned the doubles point to defeat the JU women’s tennis team, 4-1, in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship quarterfinal round on Thursday afternoon at Stetson’s Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.

The sixth-seeded Dolphins finished the season 15-7 while the third-seeded Ospreys improved to 14-6 and will face No. 2 Campbell in the semifinal round on Friday at 11:30 a.m.

Junior Virginia Iwinski posted JU’s only individual victory, defeating Simona Weymar, 6-4, 6-4 at fourth singles.

Two days after being named the A-Sun’s “Player of the Year,” senior Eve Castaing was on her way to another victory. Castaing was winning, 6-4, 6-7, 3-0 in the third set against Aline Berkenbrock when her first singles matches was left unfinished after UNF secured its fourth point and the team victory.

Castaing finished her season 19-2 and 10-0 against conference opponents with all wins coming from first singles. She was just the second player in school history to win the A-Sun’s top individual honor.

UNF won in second and third doubles to lock up the team point as the Osprey tandem of Danielle Day and Melanie Aguirre knocked off JU’s Flavia Nagayama and Natalia Melibeu, 8-3. Victoria Krook and Melinda Doak also paired for a win over Iwinski and Veronique Spencer, 8-5, in third doubles.

Day also defeated Gabriela Bartos 7-5, 6-2 in second singles. Bartos capped an impressive season in which she made the all-freshman team with a stellar 13-9 record.

Nagayama also saw a good freshman year come to an end. The Sao Paulo, Brazil native lost a competitive third-singles match to Krook, falling, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3. Nagayama, who made the all-conference second team, lost for just the second time in 11 matches to finish 18-4 in singles play.

Aguirre recorded a win over JU freshman Natalia Melibeu, 7-5, 6-1, in fourth singles to help UNF advance in the tournament.