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FIU Unable to Get Past Columbia, 5-2
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MIAMI (March 18, 2012) --- The FIU women's tennis team  (4-12) suffered its second-straight home loss, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Columbia Lions (7-3) on Sunday, March 18, at the FIU Tennis Courts.

Senior Lisa Johnson and sophomore Giulietta Boha registered FIU's two points in the match with pair of singles victories. Johnson defeated Bianca Sanon, 7-6 (2), 6-4 for her fourth singles victory of the season, while Boha picked up her third-straight singles win with a 6-2, 7-6 (9) victory over Katarina Kovacevic.

Columbia jumped out to a 1-0 lead after taking two of three doubles matches. FIU's lone victory in doubles play came when the duo of Johnson and Christine Seredni defeated Kovacevic and Crystal Leung, 8-4.

The Lions opened up singles play with two-straight victories to make the score 3-0 as Seredni lost to Leung, 6-2, 6-2, and freshman Nina Djordjevic suffered a 6-4, 6-0 loss to Tiana Takenaga. Boha got the Panthers on the board with her singles win, however, Columbia clinched the match following a 6-3, 6-4 loss by freshman Sarah McLean to Nicole Bartnik.

Freshman Karyn Guttormsen fell to Iani Alecsiu, 6-1, 7-6 (7), to make the score 5-1, and Johnson scored the Panthers' second point with her singles victory to close out the match, 5-2. 

The Panthers will next travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face Florida Atlantic on Wednesday, March 21. The match is slated for 1:00 p.m.

Tennis Match Results
Columbia vs FIU Panthers
Mar 18, 2012 at Miami, Fla.

Columbia 5, FIU Panthers 2

Singles competition
1. Bartnik, Nicole (CU) def. McLean, Sarah (FIU) 6-3, 6-4
2. Johnson, Lisa (FIU) def. Sanon, Bianca (CU) 7-6 (2), 6-4
3. Alecsiu, Iani (CU) def. Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) 6-1, 7-6 (7)
4. Leung, Crystal (CU) def. Seredni, Christine (FIU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Boha, Giulietta (FIU) def. Kovacevic, Katarina (CU) 6-2, 7-6 (9)
6. Takenaga, Tiana (CU) def. Djordjevic, Nina (FIU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Sanon, Bianca/Takenaga, Tiana (CU) def. Maisak, Rita/McLean, Sarah (FIU) 5-0, retired
2. Bartnik, Nicole/Alecsiu, Iani (CU) def. Boha, Giulietta/Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) 8-4
3. Johnson, Lisa/Seredni, Christine (FIU) def. Kovacevic, Katarina/Leung, Crystal (CU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Columbia 7-3
FIU Panthers 4-12
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,6,5,1,3,2)

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Senior Lisa Johnson
Senior Lisa Johnson

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