Dover, Del. (Apr. 13, 2012) --- The Delaware State University women's tennis team has advanced to the MEAC Tournament semi-finals after a 4-2 come-from-behind quarterfinal win over Florida A&M at the Millbrook Tennis Center today.
DSU, the No. 1 North seed in the tournament, will face either Bethune-Cookman (No. 2 South seed) or Howard (No. 3 North) in the semifinals on Saturday. The championship match in the single elimination tournament is set for Sunday (Apr. 15) at 9:00 a.m.
The Hornets won four of the five completed singles contests to earn the win after falling behind in the match. Florida A&M took two of three doubles contest to win the doubles points. The Rattlers also captured the No. 2 singles match to open up a 2-0 lead in the match.
Delaware State's Ksenia Kozlova was victorious in the No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-4, while Marina Sicic posted a solid 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 3.
2012 MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year Vanja Andonova won her 16th straight match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 4. Maja Banas was a 6-3, 6-4 winner at No. 5 singles.
Andonova also teamed with Cristina Andrade to give the Hornets their lone doubles win 8-3 in the No. 3 match. Andrade won the first set of the No. 6 singles contest 6-2. The second set was tied 5-5 when it was stopped after DSU won the match.
The Hornets, under first-year head coach David Marshall, have won a school-record 16 straight matches to improve to 16-2 this season. DSU also caputured its first MEAC North title and No. 1 tournament seed this season.
This the second straight year that Delaware State has advanced to the MEAC Tournament semi-finals. The Hornets won the first tournament match in team history against Bethune-Cookman before falling to eventual champion South Carolina State in the semis in 2011.
South Carolina State is seeking its eighth straight MEAC tournament championship this year.
DSU 4 Florida AM 2 (MEAC Tournament Quarterfinal)
1. Doubles Durdin-Brown FAM def Banas-Kozlova DSU 8-4
2. Doubles Holt-Ortiz FAM def Aleksic-Sicic DSU 8-5
3. Doubles Andonova-Andrade DSU def Dean Williams FAM 8-3
1. Singles Kozlova DSU def Durden FAM 6-1, 6-4
2. Singles Brown FAM def Aleksic DSU 6-0, 6-1
3. Singles Sicic DSU def Dean FAM 6-3, 6-0
4. Singles Andonova DSU def Holt FAM 6-3, 6-4
5. Singles Banas DSU def Williams 6-3, 6-4
6. Singles Andrade DSU lead Ortiz FAM 6-2, 5-5 DNF