SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The Lipscomb Bisons fell to UNF, the Atlantic Sun regular season champion and No. 1 seed, Saturday afternoon, by a score of 4-0 in semifinal action.
Doubles play saw the Ospreys capture wins on courts one and two to grab the the initial lead. Noemi Hemmerich and Quetzali Vazquez first took down Hannah Gamage and Danielle Kinnen 6-2, before Luise Intert and Rafaela Gomez tallied a 6-4 win over Thabile Tshatedi and Laura Kent.
In singles, A-Sun Player of the Year took advantage of a walkover, as Lipscomb's Gamage retired after falling down 4-0. UNF extended its lead to 3-0 as Michelle Valdez compiled a dominating performance against Lipscomb freshman Kandyba, 6-0, 6-1. The final result of 4-0 was clinched after Calderon defeated Lorena Djuknic on court six 6-0, 6-2 with all other matches suspended.
With the loss the Lady Bisons finish the season with a record of 14-8, setting a new program record for single season victories. North Florida will face the winner of No. 2 FGCU and No. 3 Stetson in Sunday's Championship Final for a chance at the NCAA Tournament.
A-Sun Championship First Round Results
No. 1 North Florida vs. No. 4 Lipscomb
Apr 23, 2015 at Spartanburg, S.C.
(USC Upstate Tennis Complex)
No. 1 North Florida 4, No. 4 Lipscomb 0
1. Noemi Hemmerich (UNF) def. Hannah Gamage (LIP) 4-0 ret.
2. Michelle Valdez (UNF) def. Katerina Kandyba (LIP) 6-0, 6-1
3. Laura Kent (LIP) vs. Rafaela Gomez (UNF) 6-2, 2-5 DNF
4. Hanna Victorsson (LIP) vs. Luise Intertn (UNF) 6-2, 2-3 DNF
5. Quetzali Vazquez (UNF) vs. Danielle Kinnen (LIP) 6-3, 2-1 DNF
6. Mariella Calderon (UNF) def. Lorena Djuknic (LIP) 6-0, 6-2
1. Noemi Hemmerich/Quetzali Vazquez (UNF) def. Hannah Gamage/Danielle Kinnen (LIP) 6-2
2. Luise Intert/Rafaela Gomez (UNF) def. Thabile Tshatedi/Laura Kent (LIP) 6-4
3. Mariella Calderon/Michelle Valdez (UNF) vs. Hanna Victorsson/Katerina Kandyba (LIP) 6-5
No. 1 North Florida 12-6
No. 4 Lipscomb 14-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (1,2,6)