The Stetson women’s tennis team (10-9, 5-3) snapped a four match losing streak on Saturday, defeating Florida Gulf Coast (10-7, 4-4) by a score of 5-2 in the regular season finale at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.
The Hatters helped their cause by winning the doubles point for the first time since March 23, taking two of the three matches to secure the point. Senior Jen Miller and junior Diana Bukajeva cruised to an 8-4 win at the number one position, while junior Lindsey Cable and freshman Eveline Lepinay earned a close 8-6 victory at number three doubles to give Stetson the 1-0 lead.
After Lepinay lost in two sets, tying the match at 1-1, Miller gave Stetson the lead again at 2-1. In her final match at home, the senior won 6-4, 6-2 at number five singles. The Eagles countered once again, tying things up at 2-2 when Elizabeth Means topped Cable 6-2, 7-5 at the number four position.
Bukajeva cruised to a first set 6-3 victory, but the junior then found herself behind 5-1 in set number two. The Riga, Latvia native won six straight games to take the second set 7-5 and give the Hatters a 3-2 lead with just two matches to play.
Freshman Andrea Crespo and senior Sara Lazarevic split their first two sets at the number one and number two positions, respectively. Following a 6-2 loss in set two, Crespo rallied to a 6-4 in the third to win 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 and clinch the victory for the Hatters. Lazarevic finished the match with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win in her final match at the Mandy Stoll Tennis Center.
"What a great way for our two seniors to finish their home careers," Stetson Director of Tennis Pierre Pilote said. "We will practice hard on Monday and Tuesday to iron out a few wrinkles. The team played well today but both [Assistant] Coach [Christophe] Noblet and I believe that this team is capable of more."
Stetson, now 5-3 in Atlantic Sun Conference play, can finish anywhere from third to fifth place in the final league standings depending on how the rest of Saturday’s matches play out. The Hatters will open the conference tournament on Friday, April 19 in Johnson City, Tenn.