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Eastern Florida Tennis Falls 7-2 to NCAA Niagara University
March 8, 2014 - Eastern Florida's women's tennis team concluded its three matches in two days weekend on Saturday dropping a 7-2 decision to NCAA Division I Niagara (NY) University in Orlando.
Eastern Florida on Friday lost 9-0 to host and Florida College System Activities Association/NJCAA Region 8 foe Florida State College Jacksonville in 42-degree weather but then beat Meridian Community College of Mississippi 7-2.
Eastern Florida: 0 FSCJ: 9
Doubles: Rolle/B. Palmer d. Cochran/Sella 9-7
R. Palmer/Brandalik d. Love/Fellows 8-8 (4)
Powell/Castiglioni d. Nielsen/Gorski 8-0
Singles: Rolle d. Love 6-4 6-3
B. Palmer d. Sella 6-2 7-6(5) 10-7
R. Palmer d. Cochran 3-6 6-0 10-7
Brandalik d. Nielsen 6-3 6-0
Powell d. Fellows 6-3 6-1
Castiglioni d. Gorski 6-1 6-0
Eastern Florida: 7 Meridian Community College: 2
Doubles: Cochran/Sella d. Davis/Smith 8-4
Love/Fellows d. Davis/Gillette 8-2
White/Terry d. Nielsen/Gorski 8-4
Singles: Love d. Davis 6-0 6-2
Sella d. Smith 6-0 6-2
Cochran d. Gillitte 6-2 6-1
Terry d. Nielsen Default (Injury)
Fellows d. Davis 6-0 6-7(8) 10-7
Gorski d. White 7-5 6-0
Eastern Florida: 2 Niagara University: 7
Doubles: Hellstern/Velasquez d. Cochran/Sella 7-7(5)
Ortiz/Briseno d. Love/Fellows 8-1
Celan/Ta d. Nielsen/Gorski Default (Injury)
Singles: Ta d. Love 6-0 6-3
Sella d. Hellstern 7-6 6-2
Cochran d. Celan 6-3 6-4
Ortiz d. Fellows 6-0 6-3
Briseno d. Gorski 6-0 6-0
Velasquez d. Nielsen Default (Injury)
"Giving full credit to FSCJ for its win on Friday I believe our team was not ready to come and play," said Eastern Florida head coach Chuck Jacobs. "We had several rain delays and by the time we stepped onto the court it was 42 degrees and the team could just never settle in and get comfortable with the playing conditions.
"We were able to bounce back later in the day after the temps went up a bit to beat Meridian. Every line played at the top of their game and showed their true potential. The two points we lost came with Erica (Nielsen) having to default her match due to severe cramps in her legs.
"I think Saturday was a great experience for the team to see women's tennis at it's highest level against Division I Niagara. We played really strong against a very talented and deep team. We had chances to close the 7-2 gap at No. 1 doubles, and we had to default No. 3 doubles and No. 4 singles because of Erica's injury."
Next up for tennis is a March 14 match at FCSAA/Region 8 foe Broward College.
Eastern Florida is 3-5 in its inaugural spring championship season.