JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Stetson University women’s tennis team made it 10 straight trips to the Atlantic Sun Championship semifinals, with its 4-0 over No. 5 Mercer, Thursday afternoon.
The women have now played on the tournament’s second day every year, dating back to 2005 and it was fittingly A-Sun Player of the Year, Diana Bukajeva, who clinched the shutout victory.
Bukajeva won in straight sets over the Bears’ Danielle Jones, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), to give the Hatters their 17th victory this season and their second over Mercer in less than a month. Bukajeva improved her 2014 singles record to an impressive 18-4.
Stetson began the match taking the first two doubles pairings to go ahead 1-0. Bukajeva and MayaBlue Stauffer-MacDowell won 8-4 on court No. 1, and then Eveline Lepinay and her partner Lindsey Cable were victorious on No. 3, 8-4 to put their team out in front.
Stauffer-MacDowell was the first to finish in singles play as she triumphed 7-5, 6-3 on court No. 4. Isabella Fernandez gave Stetson a commanding 3-0 advantage with her 6-4, 6-3 win on court No.3, setting the stage for Bukajeva’s clincher.
The Hatters, now 17-5 will next take on No. 1 seed and host North Florida, tomorrow on their home courts. Both teams met up in the regular season, Mar. 22 in DeLand, where the Ospreys were victorious 5-2. Stetson will look to even the season series, Friday at 12 p.m. at the UNF Tennis Complex in Jacksonville.
Live stats for the UNF match will be available via the Atlantic Sun’s official website. Gohatters.com will have Stetson recaps and atlanticsun.org will provide comprehensive championship coverage with up to date brackets and records. Fans can also follow @StetsonTennis on Twitter, as well as sign up for Hat-Alerts, the athletic department’s official text messaging system for match updates.