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Blue Raiders knock off Florida Atlantic, 5-2

Middle Tennessee earns second C-USA win

March 14, 2014 · @MTAthletics

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Middle Tennessee women's tennis picked up its second league victory of the year with a 5-2 decision over Florida Atlantic on Friday.

The Blue Raiders (7-5, 2-1 Conference USA) collected the doubles point and won three singles matches to snatch their seventh win this season. The Owls fell to 6-8 and 0-2 in league play.

In doubles action, the Blue Raider tandem of Tiffany William and Nayara Moares collected an 8-4 win over Stephanie Cardullo and Bianaca Biglione. MT's Irina Constantinide/Sarah Sediri defeated Kandis Legall/Taylor Briggs, 8-4, to secure the doubles point.

In singles action, Constantinide won easily 6-1, 6-1 over Lyndsey Boos to extend the Raiders' lead to two. Sediri fell 6-1, 6-3 to Biglione at the No. 6 spot, while Natalia Tomaszewicz picked up a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Nagayama.

The Blue Raiders bounced back with three straight wins, the first coming from Moraes' 0-6, 6-1, 6-1 win against Legall. William earned her 10th win this season, upending Cardullo (3-6, 6-4, 6-0). The Raiders closed out the match with Grace winning 3-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 over FAU's Ene.

Middle Tennessee closes out the regular season at home next Sunday, March 23 against Troy. The Senior Day match is set for an 11 a.m. CT.

Middle Tennessee 5, Florida Atlantic 2

Singles competition

1. Tiffany William (MT) def. Stephanie Cardullo (FAU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
2. Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Kandis Legall (FAU) 0-6, 6-1, 6-1
3. Jesse Grace (MT) def. Catalina Ene (FAU) 3-6, 7-6 (4-7), 1-0
4. Natalia Tomaszewicz (FAU) def. Flavia Nagayama (MT) 7-5, 6-4
5. Irina Constantinide (MT) def. Lyndsey Boos (FAU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Bianca Biglione (FAU) def. Sarah Sediri (MT) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. Tiffany William/Nayara Moraes (MT) def. Stephanie Cardullo/Bianca Biglione (FAU) 8-4
2. Lyndsey Boos/Catalina Ene (FAU) vs. Jesse Grace/Flavia Nagayama (MT) unfinished
3. Irina Constantinide/Sarah Sediri (MT) def. Kandis Legall/Taylor Briggs (FAU) 8-4

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