GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Marist women's tennis team will begin action in its fourth-ever NCAA Tournament on Saturday as the number one seeded Florida Gators (22-2) host the Red Foxes (11-7) at the Ring Tennis Complex at 1 p.m.
Marist comes in on a six-match win streak, including a pair of wins at the 2013 MAAC Championships over Niagara in the semifinals and Fairfield in the finals.
Led by four-time All-MAAC First Team singles player Joana Sun (Mansfield, Mass.) and her fellow captains Kelsey Raynor (Garden City, N.Y.) and Marielle Campbell (Patterson, N.Y.) the Red Foxes will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 when they traveled to Athens, Ga. to take on the eighth-seeded Georgia Bulldogs.
Here are brief recaps of Marist's first three NCAA tournament appearances ...
MARIST vs. #8 GEORGIA ... MAY 14, 2011
ATHENS, Ga. - The Marist women's tennis squad fell 4-0 to the University of Georgia in the first round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex on the campus of the University of Georgia. Sophomore Kelsey Raynor led the Red Foxes as she won three games in her suspended first singles match versus the reigning NCAA Singles Champion Chelsey Gullickson 6-2, 0-1.
Other doubles action included Georgia's Gullickson and Nadja Gilchrist defeating Raynor and McCarthy in number one singles, 8-1 and Maho Kowase and Cameron Ellis downing seniors Jeannie Lukin and Retta Byron by a score of 8-0.
Georgia won three single matches as #59-ranked Gilchrist won the number two match versus McCarthy 6-0, 6-1, while Kimbell defeated freshman Kayla O'Donovan in fifth singles 6-0, 6-0.
Sun and Lukin joined Raynor as having their matches suspended. In third singles Sun was trailing #79 Maho Kowase 6-0, 5-0. Lukin won a game against Fuller in sixth singles, but was trailing 6-0, 4-1.
MARIST vs. #10 SOUTHERN CAL ... MAY 9, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The Marist women’s tennis team fell 4-0 to the Southern California Trojans in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Marks Stadium. Cassie Strange won three games in her suspended second singles match with Lindsey Nelson.
Three Trojans, Amanda Fink, Nelson, and Gabriela Niculescu are all playing in the NCAA individual tournament following the team championships in Tulsa, Okla.
MARIST vs. #11 NORTH CAROLINA ... MAY 12, 2007
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Marist women’s tennis team fell to 11th-ranked North Carolina 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Red Foxes finished their season 13-2 overall.
The trip was Marist’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.