No. 75 Florida International Shuts Out UCF

Feb. 5, 2005

ORLANDO - The No. 75 Florida International women's tennis team swept host UCF, 7-0, at the UCF Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon.

FIU (1-1) started the day by easily won the doubles point, dropping a combined three games at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. At No. 1, Paula Zabala and Nikkita Fountain needed an extra game as the Golden Panthers tandem defeated senior Kristina Lohmos and junior Pamela Fernandez, 9-7.

Florida International continued to roll as Zabala handed Lohmos a 6-0, 6-1 loss at No. 1 singles and Marijana Cutuk earned a 6-2, 6-2 win over UCF freshman Anna Yakimchenkova at the No. 6 position. Shilla D'Armas clinched the match at No. 3 singles when she came up with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over senior Ola Luczak.

Despite the loss, Knight freshman Jennifer Carati battled in the final match of the day. She dropped the first set, 6-4, to Fountain before taking set two by an identical score. Fountain won the tiebreaker 10-7 to give FIU the sweep.

The Golden Knights (0-3) return to action when they travel to No. 40 Florida State on Feb. 11 for a noon match-up.

1. Paula Zabala (FIU) def. Kristina Lohmos (UCF), 6-0, 6-1
2. Egle Petrauskaite (FIU) def. Pamela Fernandez (UCF), 6-3, 6-2
3. Shilla D'Armas (FIU) def. Ola Luczak (UCF), 6-4, 6-4
4. Nikkita Fountain (FIU) def. Jennifer Carati (UCF), 6-4, 4-6 (10-7)
5. Desanka Jovanovich (FIU) def. Becky Gordon (UCF), 6-3, 6-2
6. Marinjan Cutuk (FIU) def. Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles 1. Paula Zabala/Nikkita Fountain (FIU) def. Pamela Fernandez/Kristina Lohmos (UCF), 9-7
2. Egle Petrauskaite/Desanka Jovanovich (FIU) def. Becky Gordon/Ola Luczak (UCF), 8-2
3. Shilla D'Armas/Bruna Discordia (FIU) def. Megan Rosario-Hunter/Jennifer Carati (UCF), 8-1