Spartans Fall to Ospreys in A-Sun Championship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Beall,
 dbeall@uscupstate.edu

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – A day after using an epic comeback to secure its first Division I postseason victory, the No. 3 seed USC Upstate women's tennis team ran into No. 2 seed North Florida and fell 4-0 in the semifinals of the 2013 Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis Championship hosted by ETSU.

Upstate ends the season with a 14-8 record and win shy of the A-Sun Championship match, while the Ospreys (15-4) advance to the title match to take on top-seeded and regular season champion ETSU Sunday morning.

The Spartans dropped the opening point of the day when Julie Bell and Taylor Cohen fell 8-2 at No. 1 doubles, while Isabel von Stryk and Talia Rojas dropped an 8-1 affair at the No 2 spot to give North Florida a 1-0 lead.

Constanze Kuerten and Allison Beeler were leading 6-5 at No. 3 doubles and looking to improve to 15-1 as a tandem when the Ospreys captured the doubles point.

UNF then capitalized on Upstate's fatigue after the Spartans a nearly six-hour match Friday evening, picking up singles victories in straight sets at No. 3 No. 4 and No. 5 to earn the 4-0 victory.

Upstate ends the season with a 14-8 overall record, having won six of their final nine matches. Kuerten capped an impressive rookie campaign that saw her land on the Atlantic Sun Conference All-Freshman team, while Bell picked up A-Sun All-Academic honors.

Bell and Beeler played their final collegiate tennis matches as the only seniors on the team, leading Upstate to its first postseason appearance in Division I history.

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(2) North Florida 4, (3) USC Upstate 0
4/20/2013 at Johnson City, Tenn. (ETSU Tennis Complex)

Singles competition
1. Lorena Aviles (UNF-W) vs. Isabel von Stryk (UPSTW) 6-1, 3-3, unfinished
2. Simona Weymar (UNF-W) vs. Constanze Kuerten (UPSTW) 6-3, 2-3, unfinished
3. Marina Cunningham (UNF-W) def. Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) 6-2, 6-2
4. Taylor Hollander (UNF-W) def. Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Melanie Aguirre (UNF-W) def. Allison Beeler (UPSTW) 6-0, 6-3
6. Mariella Calderon (UNF-W) vs. Julie Bell (UPSTW) 6-2, 4-2, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Lorena Aviles/Melanie Aguirre (UNF-W) def. Julie Bell/Taylor Cohen (UPSTW) 8-2
2. Simona Weymar/Rebeca Pereira (UNF-W) def. Isabel von Stryk/Talia Rojas (UPSTW) 8-1
3. Marina Cunningham/Taylor Hollander (UNF-W) vs. Constanze Kuerten/Allison Beeler (UPSTW) 5-6, unfinished
Match Notes
(3) USC Upstate 14-8, 5-3 A-Sun
(2) North Florida 15-4, 7-1 A-Sun
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (5,3,4)
Atlantic Sun Women's Tennis Tournament Championship
Semifinals - Match #2
Official: Walt Williams T-2:29 A-131