Sailfish Edge Spartans in Close Tilt

Sailfish Edge Spartans in Close Tilt

TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa tennis team returned to Sunshine State Conference play and fell to provisional member Palm Beach Atlantic University in a 5-4 decision.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish 5, Tampa Spartans 4
Records: Tampa (2-1, 1-1 SSC), Palm Beach Atlantic (2-3, 1-2 SSC)
Location: Naimoli & Young Family Tennis Complex | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The two schools are now an even 5-5 in the all-time series.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
  • The Sailfish took two of three doubles matches, as the PBA wins came by scores of 9-7 and a 9-8 tie-break win.
  • Tampa's two doubles duo of Maddie Stephens and freshman Lilley Nice gave the Spartans a win, defeating their PBA opponent by a score of 8-4.
  • Singles action results in three wins apiece, clinching the victory for the visiting Sailfish.
  • Nice won at three singles, defeating her opponent 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 6-1.
  • Stephens took the number-four event by scores of 6-3, 6-2.
  • Freshman Ava Sowell remained perfect on the season in singles with a 6-1, 6-1 straight set sweep.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Sowell and Stephens are both a perfect 6-0 in singles action in regular-season action.
  • UT has a pair of wins over nationally-ranked opponents in 2017, topping No. 8 Nova Southeastern and No. 36 Embry-Riddle.

UP NEXT: Tampa heads to Lakeland to meet SSC opponent and No. 33 Florida Southern College on Thursday at 3 p.m. The match marks the third of four against nationally-ranked opponents in 2017 for UT.

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