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FIU Loses to No. 21 Yale, 4-2
          Release: 03/16/2012
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MIAMI (March 16, 2012) --- The FIU women's tennis team (4-11) fell to the Yale Bulldogs (10-2), 4-2, on Friday afternoon at the FIU Tennis Courts.

The No. 21-ranked Bulldogs, jumped out to a 3-0 lead with three-straight singles victories. Junior Rita Maisak fell to Elizabeth Epstein, 6-2, 6-3, followed by senior Lisa Johnson's loss to Blair Seidman, 6-0, 6-4, and freshman Karyn Guttormsen's defeat at the hands of Steph Kent, 6-4, 6-4. Sophomore Giulietta Boha got FIU on the board with a straight-set win over Annie Sullivan, 7-6 (8), 6-0. The victory was the sixth singles victory of the spring for the Wuerzburg, Germany native.

Yale clinched the match as senior Christine Seredni lost Vicky Brook, 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Sarah McLean battled Hanna Yu to a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 win to give FIU its second point of the contest and close out the match, 4-2 Yale. With the singles victory, McLean improved to 5-9 in dual matches this season.

Due to rain earlier in the day, the doubles portion of the contest was canceled.

The match marked the Panther's 10th contest versus a ranked team this year.

The Panthers will next host Columbia on Sunday, March 18. The match is slated for 10:00 a.m.

Tennis Match Results
Yale vs FIU Panthers
Mar 16, 2012 at Miami, Fla.

#21 Yale 4, FIU Panthers 2

Singles competition
1. Epstein, Elizabeth (YALE) def. Maisak, Rita (FIU) 6-2, 6-3
2. McLean, Sarah (FIU) def. Yu, Hanna (YALE) 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
3. Seideman, Blair (YALE) def. Johnson, Lisa (FIU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Kent, Steph (YALE) def. Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) 6-4, 6-4
5. Brook, Vicky (YALE) def. Seredni, Christine (FIU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Boha, Giulietta (FIU) def. Sullivan, Annie (YALE) 7-6 (10-8), 6-0

Doubles competition

Match Notes:
Yale 10-2; National ranking #21
FIU Panthers 4-11
Order of finish: Doubles (N/A); Singles (1,3,4,6,5,2)

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campus and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida. FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit

Sophomore Giulietta Boha
Sophomore Giulietta Boha

Courtesy: Roy Viera
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