WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Florid Tech (0-1) opened up their season down south facing NCAA DII regional opponents the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish (1-1) falling
5-4. Despite coming into the match with a two point advantage due to the Sailfish defaulting at the number 6 singles and number 3 doubles Tech only managed
to win two other games. The Sailfish were only able to field a five person team for the match.
Newcomer Andrea Madrigal (San Jose, Costa Rica) won her match at the #2 singles defeating Natalie Aleman in a close fought match 4-6, 6-4 (6-1). Madrigal
notches her first collegiate victory.
Sophomore Nicole David (Fort Pierce, Fla.) along with senior newcomer Tania Gay (Caracas, Venezuela) teamed up to shut down Katie Livesay and Tina Brown
8-1 in the number two doubles game. Gay picked up her first collegiate win paired with David.
The Panthers shy of two players including top freshman newcomer Natalia Ramos (San Juan, Puerto Rico) who was a ranked 12th in the fall southeast region
poll. Ramos along with Michaela Horvathova (Bratislava, Slovakia) were also ranked 8th in the same poll. Tech three-year member Mandy Rohrbach (Jefferson
City, Missouri) was also out due to injuries as well for the match.
Horvathova fell 6-3, 6-2 in the top singles match and paired with Madrigal lost to Aleman and Brooke Nord 8-4 in the #1 doubles match. David took her
singles match to a tough loss 7-5, 6-3 while Gay fell 6-4, 6-4. Freshman newcomer Val Rapson (Rochester, N.Y.) also managed to grab a few sets losing 6-0,
6-1 to Brown.
Tech will be back in action on Saturday facing Barry University in their first SSC match at 1:00 p.m.
Tennis Match Results
Florida Tech vs Palm Beach Atlantic
2/9/2007 at West Palm Beach, Fla.
Palm Beach Atlantic 5, Florida Tech 4
1. Brooke Nord (PBAW) def. Michaela Horvathova (FTW) 6-3, 6-2
2. Andrea Madrigal (FTW) def. Natalie Aleman (PBAW) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Viviane Lebed (PBAW) def. Nicole David (FTW) 7-5, 6-3
4. Katie Livesay (PBAW) def. Tania Gay (FTW) 6-4, 6-4
5. Tina Brown (PBAW) def. Val Rapson (FTW) 6-0, 6-2
6. No player (FTW) def. No player (PBAW), by default
1. Brooke Nord/Natalie Aleman (PBAW) def. Michaela Horvathova/Andrea Madrigal (FTW) 8-4
2. Nicole David/Tania Gay (FTW) def. Katie Livesay/Tina Brown (PBAW) 8-1
3. Val Rapson/ Aya Nakatsuji (FTW) def. No player/No player (PBAW), by default
Florida Tech 0-1
Palm Beach Atlantic 1-1