POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – After they won their fourth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament on April 28, the Marist women’s tennis team learned it will travel to Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, May 11 to play the overall #1 seed University of Florida Gators in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, as the bracket was announced during the NCAA Selection Show on Tuesday. The match will be played at 1 p.m. at Florida's Ring Tennis Complex.
As a team, the Red Foxes (11-7) enter the tournament on a six match winning streak and have won seven of eight dating back to April 7.
With both freshmen Karly Pang (Kaneohe, Hawaii) and Lisa Ventimiglia (Bayside, N.Y.) still in action, sophomore Sabrina Tahir (Yonkers, N.Y.) came through on Sunday and clinched the championship team point when she beat Nikki Jackson in sixth singles 6-1, 6-4.
Senior Kelsey Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Raynor won Sunday's match at first singles over Monica Yajima, the MAAC 2013 Regular Season Player of Year, 6-3, 6-2.
As a team, five Red Foxes garnered regular season playing accolades from the MAAC. Senior Joana Sun (Mansfield, Mass.) led the way as she was named All-MAAC First Team at the number three singles position. Joining her in garnering First Team recognition was Marist’s second doubles team of Raynor and Tahir. On the All-MAAC Second Team, Pang and Campbell were honored for their respective play at the second and fourth single spots.
Florida (22-2) enters the NCAA Tournament as the two-time defending NCAA champion, and are coming off an upset 4-0 win over top-seeded Georgia to win the SEC Championship. The Gators are led by the SEC Player of the Year, and top-ranked singles’ player in the country, Lauren Embree, who comes in with a 23-1 record. Florida has three other players in the ITA top-100. Sofie Oyen (#16) is 28-6 this season and joined Embree on the All-SEC First Team. Alexandra Cercone (#53) and Brianna Morgan (#100) were both named to the All-SEC Second Team while Morgan also earned a nod to the All-Freshman Team.
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