DeLAND, Fla. – After falling to North Florida during the regular season and in last season’s Atlantic Sun Tournament final, East Tennessee State earned sweet revenge by defeating the Ospreys, 4-0, in the Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship.
The Lady Bucs earned their third Atlantic Sun Tournament title and first since 2009. ETSU (17-6) won its eighth consecutive match to earn the A-Sun regular season and tournament title. After a one year hiatus, the Bucs will return to the NCAA tournament after earning the league’s automatic bid.
The doubles point proved to be the difference when these two teams met during the regular season as UNF took two of the three matches. It was a much different lineup for the Bucs in doubles this time around, leading to a different result. ETSU won two doubles matches to take the early 1-0 lead.
The duo of Karina Kedzo and Paula Jaime quickly put the Bucs in front after defeating Aline Berkenbrock and Simona Weymar, 8-3. Kedzo and Jaime may be the hottest doubles team in the A-Sun; they have won 12 consecutive matches.
ETSU’s Kelly Holtzhausen and Marine Wieliczko closed out Melanie Aguirre and Danielle Day, 8-6, to clinch the doubles point for the Bucs. Holtzhausen and Wieliczko have now won 10 matches during dual play.
The Bucs then got rolling in singles. Holtzhausen earned an impressive 6-2, 6-1 win against Berkenbrock at the No. 1 position to put the Bucs up 2-0. Berkenbrock defeated Holtzhausen in straight sets during the regular season. For her efforts, Holtzhausen was named to the A-Sun All-Tournament Team.
Just minutes later, the Bucs extended their lead to 3-0 after Kedzo defeated Aguirre in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 4 position. Kedzo also defeated Aguirre during the regular season in straight sets. Kedzo now moves to 14-6 in dual singles play on the season. After earning Atlantic Sun All-Conference honors on Tuesday, Kedzo earned the A-Sun Tournament MVP award on Saturday following strong doubles and singles play.
Jaime clinched the championship for the Bucs after earning a grueling 6-2, 7-6 victory over Day at the No. 2 position. Jaime earned a quick first set win, but she was certainly tested in the second set. After falling behind 6-5, Jaime rallied to win the next two games to clinch the victory. Jaime joined Holtzhausen and Kedzo on the All-Tournament Team after strong doubles play and a strong effort in singles on Saturday.