Ospreys Glide Into #ASunWTen Finals with 4-0 Victory

Saturday, April 20, 2013

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – For the fourth-consecutive year, North Florida will meet ETSU in the Atlantic Sun Tennis Championship Finals, earning its spot with a defeat of USC Upstate, 4-0, Saturday from the ETSU Tennis Complex.

No. 2 seed UNF (15-4, 7-1 A-Sun) jumped out to the lead by taking doubles sets on courts one and two, 8-1 and 8-2. The defending A-Sun Champions imposed their will in singles, pushing ahead of No. 3 USC Upstate (14-8, 5-3 A-Sun) from the onset and never looking back.

Taylor Hollander clinched the Ospreys' championship ticket, beating Talia Rojas on court four, 6-2, 6-1, and setting up Sunday’s 10 a.m., rematch with top-seeded ETSU. The Ospreys have won two of the past three championship meetings against the Lady Bucs, including a 4-2 victory last year at the Bristol Racquet Club.

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Sunday’s championship final will feature all of the A-Sun top award winners. A-Sun Player of the Year Lorena Aviles, Freshman/Scholar-Athlete of the Year Lyn Yee Choo and Coach of the Year Yaser Zaatini will be represented, along with five of the eight members of the All-Atlantic Sun First Team.

UNF’s two first-team members, Simona Weymar and Aviles, got the Ospreys on the winning track in Saturday’s semifinals. Weymar and Rebecca Pereira teamed at No. 2 doubles and won, 8-1, against Isabel von Stryk and Rojas. Aviles won in the top doubles match to clinch alongside Melanie Aguirre, 8-2.

UNF kept it going in singles, taking the first set on all six courts. Aguirre was the one to get the scoring started, putting up a victory, 6-0, 6-3, on court five against Allison Beeler.

Marina Cunningham and Hollander completed the victory, downing their respective Upstate opponents within a few minutes of each other. Cunningham finished first on court three, defeating Taylor Cohen, 6-2, 6-2. Hollander let out the clinching signal, disposing of Talia Rojas on court four, 6-2, 6-1.

The Ospreys led all the other three abandoned singles courts when the match ended. Aviles was ahead of von Stryk, 6-1, 3-3 in the top duel, Weymar took the opening set, 6-2, against Kuerten on court two, and all-freshman Mariella Calderon was in front of Julie Bell on six, 6-2, 4-2.

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