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