ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FLA. (May 14, 2014) - The NYIT women's tennis team, ranked 11th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), advanced to the program's first-ever NCAA Quarterfinals with a 5-0 victory over St. Mary's (Texas) Wednesday morning at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Graduate student Madalina Florea (Galati, Romania) clinched the match victory with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Joanie Bryant at sixth singles.
The Bears improved to 25-5 on the season with the victory, while the Rattlers brought the year to a close with a 16-5 overall record.
NYIT claimed a 3-0 lead after doubles play but it was not without a fight. Sara Burinato (Barcelona, Spain) and Alexandra Borgenhoff (Alingsas, Sweden) were up 7-0 at second singles only to see Jamie Lee Denton and Felicity Delgado come back with three game points before the Bears won 8-3.
At second doubles, Gabriela Siembab (Chrzanow, Poland) and Claudia Sanchez Gonzales (Malaga, Spain) then rallied for an 8-2 victory. The final point was scored after Alessia Rossetti (Minusio, Switzerland) and Justyna Krol (Chrzanow, Poland) came back from a 3-2 deficit to claim a 5-3 lead to then win 8-6.
The Bears reached match point when Borgenhoff defeated Delgado 6-1, 6-0 at fourth singles. NYIT was up on both the second and sixth singles courts before Florea advanced the Bears to the Elite 8.
NYIT returns to action on Thursday, May 15 against Armstrong Atlantic. First serve is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
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