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Eastern Florida's Women's Tennis Team Makes its Mark
Sept. 28, 2013 - Eastern Florida State College's inaugural women's tennis team came up short in its first official competition on Saturday but it wasn't for a lack of effort.
Playing in the USTA /ITA Regional Tournament/Florida College System Activities Association Fall Tournament at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, FL the Titans placed one player in the singles semifinals and two in the quarterfinals.
Also, in doubles Eastern Florida won two matches before bowing out.
In the day's highlight match freshman Isabella Sella lost to Olivia Rolle of Florida State College Jacksonville in the semifinals, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) in a match that lasted nearly two hours.
"Isabella battled through cramps most of the second and third set," Eastern Florida head coach Chuck Jacobs said.
"Down 4-1 in the third set she charged back with a lot of guts to pull to 3-4 before the rains came. She was able to receive treatment for the cramps but her legs were done."
Sella went back out after an hour and a half delay and pulled to 4-4 in the third. She quickly broke serve and was serving for the match at 5-4.
"The cramps were really holding back her serve and she could put no weight on her legs," Jacobs said. "Rolle took advantage of that winning two games and forcing a tie break which she won fairly easy.
"Isabella played with a lot of heart and never give up determination. I was proud of her fight and guts."
Also for Eastern Florida sophomore Kaila Cochran lost to Rolle 7-5, 6-0 in the quarterfinals and freshman Erica Nielsen lost to Ragan Palmer of FSCJ 6-1, 6-1 in the B draw quarterfinals.
In doubles Cochran and Sella beat Palmer and Rolle 8-1 then lost to eventual champion and No. 1 seeds Olivia Erlandsson and Jazz Whittaker, 8-3.
Freshman Hope Fellows and Nielsen beat Morgan Crouse and Deana Galbraith of Hillsborough Community College 8-6 before losing in the finals of the B draw 8-4 to Melanie Gray and Cailynn Madsen of St. Petersburg College.
"I was very pleased with the play of all the ladies this weekend and as a team we feel like we served notice to our opponents in the conference that we are going to be a strong team to contend with during the regular season," Jacobs said.
Tennis plays its championship season in the spring.