Women's Tennis Falls in NCAA Regional Finals
Boca Raton, Fla.—The #4 Lynn University women’s tennis team swept #13 Florida Gulf Coast University by the score of 5-0 in the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Championship on Saturday morning. The Fighting Knights will advance to their 10th-straight NCAA Division II National Championships as they move to 21-1 overall this season.
Lynn, which defeated FGCU twice this spring, will travel to Kansas City, Mo. on May 10-13 to compete for their seventh national title as the matches will be played at The Plaza Tennis Center.
The Eagles found themselves down 3-0 after the doubles competition.
Freshman Alejandra Boeker and sophomore Alex Schunk put the Knights ahead early with an 8-2 win over Brett Kinley and Lydia Diaz-Galindo at the third doubles spot. In their 28th-straight doubles victory, senior Dragana Ilic and sophomore Victoria Weltz took down Krista Polulak and Marie Maggiorini by the score of 8-3 in No. 2 doubles. To finish the doubles sweep at the top of the lineup, juniors Gedvile Norkute and Leigh Shelton put together an 8-6 win over Maria Braniecka and Jonalea Hileman.
For the second straight day, FGCU turned to their singles play to try and pull off the upset. But needing just two points in the singles matches, the Knights quickly pushed in front of the Eagles as Norkute knocked off Hileman 6-0, 6-0 at the third spot and Ilic took care of Diaz-Galindo 6-1, 6-0 at the fourth position.
FGCU, which made its first NCAA tournament appearance in just its second season of post-season eligibility, ends the season 13-6 overall, winning eight of their final 11 matches of the season.