West Florida Advances to Region Final vs. Barry

West Florida Advances to Region Final vs. Barry
West Florida beat Rollins, 5-2, in the NCAA Division II South Region 1 semifinal at Barry's Buccaneer Tennis Center.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- West Florida women's tennis team beat Rollins, 5-2, in the NCAA Division II South Regional 1 at Buccaneer Tennis Center Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Argos (24-4) advance to Sunday's noon final versus top-seeded and host Barry (23-1). Fifth-seeded Rollins finished the season with a 17-7 record.

West Florida swept the doubles before getting tested in singles by the Tars. Leading 3-0 after pairs play, the Argos moved within a match of clinching when Kat Dikosavljevic beat Taylor Brown, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 4 singles. But Rollins responded by winning the two matches, and forcing a third set in another to tighten things up.

Rollins' Shannon Etten beat Nina Bubelova, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 for the Tars' first victory. Rollins' No. 43-ranked Ashley Rosenberg then defeated 47th-ranked Laure-Eline Faure, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 2 as the Tars pulled within, 4-2, in the match.

After dropping the first set to West Florida's Sarai Flores, 6-3, Rollins' Ashley Loft bounced back to win the second set, 6-2, to send the No. 6 singles match into a third set. But West Florida's Fernanda Amara beat Mariana Salvador, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 to clinch it for the Argos.


#8 West Florida 5, #7 Rollins 2
05-03-04 at Miami Shores, Fla. (Buccaneer Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #6 Monika Kochanova (UWF) vs. #13 Elissa DeCampli (RC) 6-3, 2-4, unfinished
2. #43 Ashley Rosenberg (RC) def. #47 Laure-Eline Faure (UWF) 6-3, 6-4
3. Shannon Etten (RC) def. Nina Bubelova (UWF) 6-2, 6-1
4. Kat Dikosavljevic (UWF) def. Taylor Brown (RC) 6-0, 6-0
5. Fernanda Amaral (UWF) def. Mariana Salvador (RC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Sarai Flores (UWF) vs. Ashley Loft (RC) 6-3, 2-6, 5-2, unfinished


Doubles competition
1. #5 Monika Kochanova/Laure-Eline Faure (UWF) def. #22 Elissa DeCampli/Ashley Rosenberg (RC) 8-5
2. Kat Dikosavljevic/Francesca Fanchin (UWF) def. Shannon Etten/Taylor Brown (RC) 8-3
3. Nina Bubelova/Fernanda Amaral (UWF) def. Ashley Loft/Mariana Salvador (RC) 8-5


Match Notes
Rollins 17-7; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #4
West Florida 24-4; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,2,5)
NCAA South Region I semifinal