Pensacola, Fla. – A showdown of two top-5 Division II women's tennis squads with a berth to the national tournament on the line lived up to the hype on Sunday as fifth-ranked Lynn University and third-ranked West Florida battled down to the wire. The third-seeded Argos edged the second-seeded Fighting Knights in the final singles match for a 5-4 victory in the NCAA South Region II Championship.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: UWF 5, Lynn 4
Records: #3 UWF (28-3), #5 Lynn (20-5)
Location: Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex) | Pensacola, Fla.
All-Time Series: Lynn leads 22-3
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Klaudia Boczova and Diana Bogolii opened up the scoring with a dominant 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
- The other two doubles bouts came down to intense tiebreakers, with his side taking a flight.
- The Fighting Knights came out on top at No. 2 doubles as Eliska Petrackova and Anastacia Parkin pulled out a 9-8 (12-10) triumph.
- The Argos logged their first point at No. 3 doubles, 9-8 (10-8).
- Boczova, the sixth-ranked singles player in the nation, posted one of her most impressive singles wins of the season to put Lynn up 3-1, blanking 17th-ranked Paula Coyos at the top flight, 6-0, 6-0.
- West Florida then took the lead by rattling off three consecutive straight-set singles victories at No. 2, 4 and 6.
- Eleonora Liga bounced back from a second-set defeat and kept the Blue and White alive, winning the No. 5 flight, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
- The regional title came down to the No. 3 singles match with UWF's 57th-ranked Jordana Lujan clinching the match for her side, 7-6 (7-2), 7-5.
- "We are very proud of the effort of this team and the way they handled themselves all year. It was a tough day at West Florida and was a challenge playing without Natalie (Kallmunzerova) and away from home. We thank our seniors for their efforts and look forward to next year." – head coach Mike Perez
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn was the No. 2 seed in the South Region while West Florida was the No. 3 seed and host of the South Region #2 bracket.
- Since joining the NCAA in 1997, the Lynn women's tennis program has qualified for the NCAA Tournament every year (22 seasons). With today's loss in the regional final, the Fighting Knights will not advance to nationals for just the third time (2013, 2014, 2018).
- Lynn finishes the year with a 20-5 record, marking the 23rd 20+ win season in program history and the fifth straight.
- Boczova wraps up the season with an undefeated 24-0 singles record, all at the top flight. Vale Confalonieri was the last Fighting Knight to accomplish such a feat, going 26-0 in 2014.
- Bogolii concludes her three-year career in the Blue and White with a 39-22 singles record and a 67-11 doubles record, winning at least 20 doubles matches all three years. She is a two-time ITA All-America selection, three-time All-Sunshine State Conference honoree, and a two-time ITA Division II and Oracle Cup doubles national champion.