By Sean McKnight, Sports Editor
After a school record 10-match win streak that opened the season for the women’s tennis team, they have now lost three in a row after falling to North Florida at home on Saturday.
North Florida extended its lead to 3-0 after winning at number one and two singles. It was Lepinay who first got Stetson on the board, winning 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 at number five singles to make it 3-1, UNF.
The Ospreys clinched the match with a win at number-four singles, and then added to their lead with a win at number two. Stetson freshman Carolina Meregalli earned Stetson’s second point of the match with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win at number six.
Although the women’s team stumbled in the last few bouts with A-Sun conference rivals, their stellar record of 10-4 overall is the best in the conference. However, they are 1-3 in-conference play and hopefully over the extent of the season, the team will turn this trend around and propel into the stop of the standings
The Hatters definitely have the talent to stay competitive in the A-Sun. Thanks to stellar athletes like Diana Bukajeva, Cable and Lepinay, I believe that if the team keeps fighting hard for wins and doesn’t sit down when the odds are against them, they will definitely be able to make a deep run in the A-Sun playoffs.
Director of Tennis, Pierre Pilote spoke candidly of the loss. “The level of tennis was what you would expect when playing a top conference opponent like UNF,” he said. “Our number-three doubles were on fire today… We all wish that we could have followed their lead and got another doubles victory, but UNF was just better today at one and two.”
If the Hatters remain resilient through this lull in the season, they definitely will be able to move past this losing streak and get back to their winning ways just in time for the playoffs.