Posted: March 3, 2008
MELBOURNE, Fla. – Lehigh and Florida Tech split six singles matches, but a 2-1 edge in doubles victories propelled the Panthers to a 5-4 win over the visiting Mountain Hawks in Lehigh’s spring break opener Monday on the DeSoto Tennis Courts. Division II matches are played to best-of-nine points and a win at second doubles for Florida Tech proved to be the deciding factor. Lehigh falls to 4-4 with the setback, while Florida Tech evens its record at 6-6.
Playing outdoors for the first time this season, Lehigh lost a critical point at second doubles, where Andrea Madrigal and Nicole David bested the sophomore tandem of Julie Arthofer and Stacey Reich. The Panthers picked up an additional point with an 8-2 win at first doubles, while senior Alexis Jacobi and junior Ariela Cohen salvaged a doubles point for the visitors with an 8-1 win at No. 3 doubles.
In singles action, Lehigh needed four wins to take the match, but could only muster three, at the bottom three flights. Junior Victoria Vityuk and Reich earned straight set wins at fifth and sixth singles respectively, while Cohen returned to singles action with a win in a third set tiebreak to defeat Nicole David at No. 4 singles.
The Mountain Hawks will be back on the courts on Tuesday when they face Evansville at 11 a.m. from Melbourne, Fla.
Florida Tech 5 Lehigh 4
1. Ramos/Horvathova (FT) def. Schwartz/Furman (LU) 8-2
2. Madrigal/David (FT) def. Arthofer/Reich (LU) 8-5
3. Cohen/Jacobi (LU) def. DiNovi/Collins (FT) 8-1
1. Natalia Ramos (FT) def. Allie Schwartz (LU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Michaela Horvathova (FT) def. Julie Arthofer (LU) 7-5, 6-0
3. Andrea Madrigal (FT) def. Ruthie Furman (LU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Ariela Cohen (LU) def. Nicole David (LU) 6-0, 1-6, 10-5
5. Victoria Vityuk (LU) def. Annie Brethour (FT) 6-4, 6-2
6. Stacey Reich (LU) def. Jelani Reynolds (FT) 6-0, 6-1