2017 Season Comes to End for Spartans

2017 Season Comes to End for Spartans

BRADENTON, Fla. – The University of Tampa tennis team fell to No. 2 Lynn University in the opening round of the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Championships.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 2 Lynn Fighting Knights 5, Tampa Spartans 0
Records: Tampa (8-8), Lynn (19-1)
Location: IMG Academy | Bradenton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn is a perfect 25-0 in the all-time series with UT.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
  • The Fighting Knights commanded doubles play with victories of 8-1, 8-2 and 8-0.
  • Lynn clinched the match with singles wins at number three and six.
  • The three-match ended 6-0, 6-0 while the four was 6-1, 6-1.
  • The one, two, four and five contests were each unfinished as tournament play concludes when the match is clinched.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Maddie Stephens led the way with 13 singles wins in 2017 as the sophomore was 13-5 overall.
  • Stephens also ranks No. 14 in school history with 24 career singles wins.
  • Freshmen Ava Sowell and Lilley Nice each won 12 matches in their first collegiate season. Sowell was 12-3 while Nice was 12-6 on the year.
  • Caroline Lozo was the squad's top player, finishing 9-9, including seven wins from her number-one singles spot.
  • Nice and Stephens were 15-4 in doubles play, competing at number two.
  • Danielle Beyes and Sowell finished 13-2 overall, winning 10 matches at number three doubles.
  • Emily Hewland is tied for sixth in program history with 27 doubles victories.
  • The 2017 Spartan schedule featured eight ranked opponents.
  • Tampa posted wins over No. 15 Nova Southeastern and No. 36 Embry-Riddle this season.
  • The Spartans will return all eight letterwinners from the 2017 season.

UP NEXT: Please visit TampaSpartans.com for complete information on UT Tennis and the release of next season's schedule.

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