DENTON, Texas (April 20, 2012) --- The FIU women's tennis team overcame a 3-0 deficit as well as a two-and-a-half hour rain delay to eliminate the Troy Trojans (11-10), 4-3, during the quarterfinals of the 2012 Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Friday, April 20.
Trailing 3-0, the Panthers (6-14) won four-straight singles matches to improve FIU's record to 4-0 all-time versus Troy in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
Freshman Karyn Guttormsen scored the match-clinching point, battling back to take a three-set victory over Candela Munoz Giron, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Leading 5-4 in the third set Guttormsen broke Munoz Giron's serve to win her 10th singles match of the spring.
Troy jumped out to a 3-0 lead, winning the doubles point and two-straight singles matches to start the day. The FIU duo of Guttormsen and sophomore Giulietta Boha made quick work of Rosaura Ramirez-Vega and Gabrielle Veiga, 8-4, in doubles action. However, the Trojans won the final two doubles matches to earn the first point. Freshman Sarah McLean and junior Rita Maisak lost to Lyubov Dorofeeva and Karoline Grymel, 8-5, and seniors Christine Seredni and Lisa Johnson fell to Munoz Giron and Olfa Dhaoui, 8-6.
Troy added to its lead with singles victories over Johnson (6-0, 6-4 loss to Dhaoui) and Maisak (6-2, 6-0 loss to Grymel). The Panthers got on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win by McLean over Dorofeeva for her fourth-straight victory.
Midway through singles matches 4, 5, and 6; the contest was delayed due to rain. Prior to play being suspended, Guttormsen was tied 1-1, with the Kenosha, Wis., native leading the third set, 2-1. Seredni had a 1-0 advantage and trailed the second set, 2-1, while Boha was up 1-0 and trailed the second set, 5-4.
When play resumed, Boha defeated Ramirez-Vega, 6-3, 7-6, Seredni downed Samya El Hsissen, 6-4, 6-4, and Guttormsen closed out the match with a three-set victory over Munoz Giron 1-6, 6-3, 6-4.
The victory improved the Panthers' all-time Sun Belt Tournament record to 32-8 and 14-0 in the quarterfinals.
FIU will take on the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (15-6) on Saturday, April 21. Match time is set for 10:00 a.m. ET at Waranch Tennis Complex.
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Tennis Match Results
Troy vs FIU Panthers
Apr 20, 2012 at Denton, Texas
FIU Panthers 4, Troy 3
1. Karoline Grymel (TROY) def. Maisak, Rita (FIU) 6-1, 6-0
2. McLean, Sarah (FIU) def. Lyubov Dorofeeva (TROY) 6-2, 6-2
3. Olfa Dhaoui (TROY) def. Johnson, Lisa (FIU) 6-0, 6-4
4. Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) def. Candela Munoz Giron (TROY) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Seredni, Christine (FIU) def. Samya El Hsissen (TROY) 6-4, 6-4
6. Boha, Giulietta (FIU) def. Rosaura Ramirez-Vega (TROY) 6-3, 7-6
1. Lyubov Dorofeeva/Karoline Grymel (TROY) def. Maisak, Rita/McLean, Sarah (FIU) 8-5
2. Boha, Giulietta/Guttormsen, Karyn (FIU) def. Rosaura Ramirez-Vega/Gabrielle Veiga (TROY) 8-4
3. Candela Munoz Giron/Olfa Dhaoui (TROY) def. Johnson, Lisa/Seredni, Christine (FIU) 8-6
FIU Panthers 6-14
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,1,2,6,5,4)
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