FAU suffers second shut-out of season in 7-0 loss to UCF

Zack Kelberman

Sophomore Catalina Ene looking determined in her match against UCF. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Sophomore Catalina Ene looking determined in her match against UCF. Photo by Ryan Murphy.

FAU women’s tennis remains winless this year.

Playing dual matches, the Owls were shut out 7-0 by UCF at Patch Reef Park on Saturday afternoon.

FAU was similarly blanked by the University of Miami in its season-opening match on January 11.

The repeat result didn’t sit well with Owls coach Marcy Hora-Cava.

“Beating UCF has been one of my top goals since I began coaching at FAU,” Hora-Cava said. “So it definitely doesn’t feel good.”

Senior Natasha Phillips returning a backhand shot. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Senior Natasha Phillips returning a backhand shot. Photo by Ryan Murphy.

Singles and doubles action proved unsuccessful for the Owls.

In singles: Genevieve Lorbergs (UCF) def. Marlene Ryan (FAU) 6-1, 6-4, Jenna Doerfler (UCF) def. Catalina Ene (FAU) 6-4, 1-6, 6-3, Josephine Haraldson (UCF) def. Natasha Basma (FAU) 6-2, 6-2, Courtney Griffith (UCF) def. Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8), Carolina Eberhart (UCF) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 6-2, 6-0, Sofia Baptista (UCF) def. Claire Mitchell-Andrews (FAU) 6-1, 6-2.

In doubles: Haraldson/Lorbergs (UCF) def. Taylor Briggs/Tomaszewicz (FAU) 8-1, Baptista/Doerfler (UCF) def. Ene/Phillips 8-3. Eberhart/Griffith (UCF) vs. Ryan/Cardullo (FAU) went unfinished.

Women's tennis captain Marlene Ryan delivering a serve against the Knights. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Women’s tennis captain Marlene Ryan delivering a serve against the Knights. Photo by Ryan Murphy.
Putting the past in the past, Hora-Cava is intent on moving forward in a positive manner.

“We had some opportunities that I wish we took advantage of but we learned from our mistakes,” Hora-Cava said. “This week we are going to focus on getting some of my ladies healthy, as we have a few injuries, and our upcoming match against FGCU.”

The Owls return to the court against Florida Gulf Coast University on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12 p.m.