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TENNIS: Flagler Women’s Tennis Upsets CSU, Crowned PBC Tournament Champions

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Nearly a month ago, the 14th-ranked Flagler College women’s tennis team left the John W. Walden Tennis Center with their only loss in Peach Belt Conference play.
 
On Saturday afternoon, the second-seeded Saints entered the same facility motivated to leave with the opposite result versus the same team in 10th-ranked, top-seeded Columbus State University, while winning the program’s first PBC Tournament championship in the process.
 
Mission complete and history made.
 
Flagler (15-4) gritted out the doubles point, and then won a trio of three-set singles’ matches that Luisa Hrda clinched in No. 1 singles to power the Saints past the host Cougars, 4-3, and hand them their first loss in the PBC regular-season or tournament since 2016.
 
“I am so proud of the girls and the grit and effort they showed — not only today but the entire season,” Flagler head coach Rodrigo Puebla said. “This has been our goal since I became the coach five years ago, and it finally became reality today. “We have a lot of respect for Evan Isaacs and his girls — CSU is a championship team, and it was very difficult to beat them today.
 
“Today, we are just one step closer to our ultimate goal and will continue moving on in this postseason. We are excited for NCAA Regionals, starting next weekend, but in the meantime, we will enjoy this title because we have worked so hard, not only this year, but also with every player that has been a part of our program.”
 
Now, Flagler will have its sights set on the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals, which begin Monday, May 10 at regional host and familiar PBC opponent the University of North Georgia. The Saints are currently the No. 2 seed and will await to see who they will face in the first round.
 
In doubles, the combo of Hrda/Amelie Vossgaetter bested eighth-ranked Beatriz Lopez/Candice Paya on court one before Paloma Martinez/Eden Schlagenhauf secured the point with a thrilling win in tie-breaking fashion on court three.
 
CSU (14-4) took the first three singles’ matches to take the lead, but the doubles point proved to be the difference.

The Saints took that point and added onto it with wins from Alessandra Traub, and Florencia Massardo Brain, and then No. 31-ranked Hrda put the finishing touches on it with a win against ninth-ranked Lopez after dropping the first set alike Massardo Brain.

The pair battled back from a set-one loss and won back-to-back sets to help the Flagler women’s tennis team leave the John W. Walden Tennis Complex this time grinning from ear-to-ear.
 
#14 Flagler 4, #10 Columbus State 3
5/1/21 at Columbus, Ga. (John W. Walden Tennis Complex)
 
Singles competition
1. #31 Luisa Hrda (FLG) def. #9 Beatriz Lopez (CSU) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
2. #38 Candice Paya (CSU) def. #24 Eden Schlagenhauf (FLG) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. Alessandra Traub (FLG) def. Luise Sachs (CSU) 6-3, 0-6, 6-3
4. Valentina Abrile (CSU) def. Anika Nissen (FLG) 6-3, 6-1
5. Agostina Bigotti (CSU) def. Amelie Vossgaetter (FLG) 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
6. Flo. Massardo Brain (FLG) def. Yelena Labat (CSU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
 
Doubles competition
1. Luisa Hrda/Amelie Vossgaetter (FLG) def. #8 Beatriz Lopez/Candice Paya (CSU) 7-5
2. Valentina Abrile/S. Ramirez Goncalves (CSU) def. Alessandra Traub/Flo. Massardo Brain (FLG) 6-0
3. Paloma Martinez/Eden Schlagenhauf (FLG) def. Amanda Citre/Luise Sachs (CSU) 7-6 (7-2)

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