West Florida gets payback for loss, eliminates Rollins in regionals
MIAMI -- West Florida avenged a close mid-season loss by defeating Rollins 5-2 in the semifinals of the NCAA DII South Regional on Saturday afternoon. West Florida (24-4, 9-0 GSC) wins its 15th consecutive match and will face Barry in the NCAA DII South Regional finals on Sunday.
"The girls came out and played very hard today in doubles," head coach Derrick Racine said. "We grabbed the early lead in all three doubles matches and just kept playing solid. In singles Katarina [Dikosavljevic] played awesome and never let up. Fernanda [Amaral] clinched the final match with aggressive play. It is always great when you can come back at the end of the year and beat a good team that had beaten you earlier in the season."
UWF swept doubles 8-3, 8-5, 8-3 and got victories at No. 4 and No. 5 singles.
The No. 5-ranked doubles team of Kochanova and Laure-Eline Faure won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles while Dikosavljevic and Francesca Fanchin won 8-3 at No. 2 doubles.
Nina Bubelova and Fernanda Amaral won 8-5 at No. 3 doubles.
Dikosavljevic earned the first singles point for UWF with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 4 singles.
Amaral would go on to clinch the match at No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-4.