GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Marist women's tennis squad fell 4-0 to the University of Florida on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at the Ring Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Florida. Freshman Lisa Ventimiglia (Bayside, N.Y.) led the Red Foxes as she won three games in her suspended fifth singles match versus Olivia Janowicz, 6-1, 3-2.
Her fellow freshman Karly Pang (Kaneohe, Hawaii) also earned a game point as she battled with the nation’s 17th-ranked player Sofie Oyen at second singles with a score of 6-0, 4-1.
In doubles action, the First Team All-MAAC duo of Kelsey Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Sabrina Tahir (Yonkers, N.Y.) found success versus Florida’s pairing of Cercone and Hitimana at second doubles with an unfinished score of 6-2.
Overall, the top-seeded Gators won the doubles’ point with victories at first and third doubles, as well as 6-0, 6-0 straight set wins at first, third and fourth singles.
With this setback, seniors Joana Sun (Mansfield, Mass.) and Raynor saw their storied playing careers come to a conclusion. Sun goes out as a winner of 107 combined singles and doubles matches, while Raynor won 85. As sophomores in 2011, the duo participated in Marist’s third-ever NCAA Tournament bid.
Florida moves on to Georgia Tech on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
2013 NCAA WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
#1 Florida vs. Marist
May 11, 2013 at Gainesville, Fla.
(Linder Stadium at Ring Tennis Complex)
Final Score: Florida 4, Marist 0
Doubles (Order of finish: 1, 3*)
Singles (Order of finish: 3, 1, 4*)
1. Lauren Embree (1), UF def. Kelsey Raynor, MC 6-0, 6-0
2. Sofie Oyen (17), UF led Karly Pang, MC 6-0, 4-1 DNF
3. Alexandra Cercone (51), UF def. Joana Sun, MC 6-0, 6-0
4. Brianna Morgan (89), UF def. Marielle Campbell, MC 6-0, 6-0
5. Olivia Janowicz (123), UF led Lisa Ventimiglia, MC 6-1, 3-2 DNF
6. Caroline Hitimana (116), UF led Sabrina Tahir, MC 6-0, 5-0 DNF
Updated Records: Florida - 23-2; Marist 11-8
NCAA Seeding: Florida - 1; Marist – 49-64
ITA National Ranking: Florida - 1; Marist – N/R