Shark Tennis Streak Reaches a Dozen after 7-2 Win against St. Edward's
Match ResultsFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. –
The No. 10 Nova Southeastern University tennis ran their season-opening winning streak to 12 as they took care of visiting No. 33 St. Edward's on Wednesday afternoon at the NSU Tennis Center by the final score of 7-2.
The Sharks (12-0) picked up the victory on the same day they climbed four spots in the ITA South Region rankings, to No. 2 behind only Barry. For the first time, singles and doubles players were ranked in the region as well, with the Sharks placing three individuals in the top 20 and two combos in the top 10. Sabrina Kierberg
(Jr., Munich, Germany) slots No. 4, Petra Jurova
(Jr., Bratislavia, Slovakia) is eighth, and Francesca Sella
(Fr., Carpenedolo, Italy) is the 17th-ranked player in the region. Kierberg and Sella garnered the No. 6 doubles ranking, while Jurova and Irina Constantinide
(Jr., Galati, Romania) are ninth. National team rankings will be updated in exactly a week, March 25, with the Sharks expecting a similar if not more significant bump in the poll, and the first national singles and doubles rankings of the spring will be posted as well.
On Wednesday, NSU swept the doubles portion and took four of the six singles matches for the victory over St. Edward's (7-3). Kierberg and Sella (8-6), Constantinide and Jurova with a spotless 8-0 win, and the No. 3 team of Iryna Serdyuk
(Jr., Boca Raton, Fla.) and Linda Kornienko
(Jr., Fort Myers, Fla.), at 8-5, snagged the squad's first three points.
Kierberg, Jurova and Constantinide also notched singles victories. In the top draw, Kierberg won 6-1, 6-3. Jurova was also a straight-set victor in the No. 2 slot, 6-3, 6-1, and Constantinide became 12-for-12 in singles this season, winning in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 10-2. Bianca Roberts
(Sr., Ft. Walden Beach, Fla.) at No. 5, picked up a singles point as well, in a 6-3, 6-1 decision.
The Sharks will take a short road trip next, this upcoming Sunday to West Palm Beach, as they take on the Northwood Seahawks beginning at 1 p.m. That will be the first of four matches for NSU in seven days' time.