Panthers Edge Flagler In Women’s Tennis

By  //  March 1, 2013

Panthers Freshman Lifts Squad To Victory

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA – The 16th-ranked Florida Tech Panthers women’s tennis team trailed the 40th-ranked Flagler Saints, 2-1, after the completion of the doubles flight. But the Panthers evened the match at 4-4, and freshman Chloe Chanley won the deciding singles match in three sets to secure a 5-4 victory for FIT on Thursday at Flagler Tennis Center.

Freshman Chloe Chanley won the deciding singles match in three sets to secure a 5-4 victory for FIT over Flagler College in women’s tennis on Thursday in St. Augustine. (Image courtesy of Floorida Tech)

Florida Tech (5-3) earned just one victory in the doubles flight.

Junior Kristina Huba and senior Stephanie Dohner improved their doubles streak to four-straight wins with an 8-3 decision over Flagler’s Hanna Goettsching and Thaisa Pereira. The South Region’s No. 8 duo is now 6-2 on the season.

Huba also extended her singles win-streak to seven straight with a straight-set sweep, 6-0, 6-0, over Barbora Sebokva. Huba is now 7-1 as the Panthers’ top singles player.

Senior Abbey Keister pushed her singles streak to four consecutive wins with a 6-1, 6-0 decision over Anika Cohen in No. 5 singles. Keister is now 4-3 on the season.

Freshman Charlotte Fahnehjelm won her second-straight match in No. 4 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Pereira.

The Saints (0-6) won the No. 2 and No. 6 singles matches to even that match at 4-4 with the No. 3 singles match still in progress.

Chanley outlasted Goettsching in the first set to win, 7-6. Then Goettsching gained momentum by winning the second set, 6-2.

But it was the Panther freshman who pulled away with a 6-3 third-set win to take the No. 3 singles match and to give Florida Tech a 5-4 match victory. Chanley recorded two aces in the three-set win.

The Panthers will travel to Hilton Head, S.C. next week to play five matches over a six-day period. Florida Tech will open the trip with a match against No. 18 Georgia College on Monday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m.