Panthers Spear Sailfish 5-4
MELBOURNE, Fla.-The Florida Tech women’s tennis team (4-16) finished off their regular season play defeating the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 5-4 for the
second time this season. The Panthers with the win tie their three year program history with four wins making notching another first under freshman head
coach Bill Macom.
Tech earlier this season grabbed their first ever SSC win against Saint Leo. After a disappointing last season when the women did not make the
2005 Sunshine State Conference tournament that ironically Florida Tech hosted, the Panthers bumped out Saint Leo (who are hosting the Tournament this
season) to grab the eighth spot in this year’s SSC Championships.
To finish off her final home event, senior Belen Pandre (Buenos Aires, Argentina) went out with a bang winning both her singles match and her doubles
match. Pandre and sophomore partner Michaela Horvathova (Bratislava, Slovakia), ranked 9th in south region, defeated the Sailfish duo of Pamela Artigas and
Mandy Mahrt 8-3 in #1 doubles action.
Despite also playing in her final home match senior Kim Tucker (St. Elizabeth, Jamaica) was unable to pull off a victory with her partner sophomore Mandy
Rohrbach (Jefferson City, MO) falling 8-4 in the #2 doubles spot.
Palm Beach Atlantic could not field six members today and had to default at the #6 singles and the # 3 doubles giving Tech two points automatically towards
Horvathova easily shut down Pamela Artigas 6-0, 6-1 in the #1singles match. Pandre, who played the #2 singles, also played will pulling out the victory
with a 6-2, 6-1 victor over Mahrt. The Panthers were unable to win #3 thru #5 singles action. Freshman Nicole David (Fort Pierce, FL) fought a lengthy
battle against Carola Artigas only to fall short in the super set losing 4-6, 6-3, (10-5).
Fellow freshman Stephanie Monaco (Mt. Sinai, NY) lost 6-0, 6-3 to Alli Hillman in the #4 singles match, while sophomore Andrea Alfonso (Escazu, Costa Rica)
fell 6-1, 6-2 to PBA’s Amy Conner in the final played singles match at the #5 spot.
The Panthers will be back in action next Thursday, April 20th over in Tampa at the Hillsboro CC Tennis Facilities for the 2006 SSC Tennis Championships
hosed by Saint Leo. The Tournament will begin on April 20th and conclude on the Saturday, April 22nd.