FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – (March 15, 2019) – The sophomore duo of Erica Brok and Mackenzie Morris set the school record for career wins by a pair at the FIU Fort Lauderdale Invitational on Friday. Brok and Morris now have 34 wins as a tandem.
Match 1 vs. No. 8 FIU
Savannah Pesante and Kaila Dorish suffered their first loss of the season, falling in straight sets at no. 4, 21-18, 21-14. Megan McGrath and Jillienne McGrath dropped a pair of nailbiters on court five, 24-22, 22-20. On court one, Carly Scarbrough and Nicole Navarro were swept 21-13, 21-11. Brok and Morris earned their record setting victory in straight sets on court number two, 21-11, 21-18. Amanda Silva and Nicole Grant fell 21-13, 21-17 on court four to account for the final score. Ashlan Cunningham and Sam Gott overcame a first set loss to take a 15-8 third set on the exhibition court.
#8 FIU 4, #12 Florida Atlantic 1
1. Federica Frasca/Margherita Bianchin (FIU) def. Carly Scarbrough/Nicole Navarro (FAU) 21-13, 21-11
2. Mackenzie Morris/Erica Brok (FAU) def. Helene Thelle/Nina Petronovic (FIU) 21-11, 21-18
3. Ali Denny/Abbie Hughes (FIU) def. Amanda Silva/Nicole Grant (FAU) 21-13, 21-17
4. Dorina Klinger/Katie Friesen (FIU) def. Kaila Dorish/Savannah Pesante (FAU) 21-18, 21-14
5. Lina Bernier/Erika Zembyla (FIU) def. Megan McGrath (FAU)/Jillienne Cangelosi (FAU)
Ext. Ashlan Cunningham/Sam Gott (FAU) def. Brooke McDermott/Maddie Besterfield (FIU) 17-21, 21-19, 15-8
Match 2 vs. No. 2 USC
McGrath and Cangelosi put the Owls on the board with a 21-16, 21-17 win at no. 5. Pesante and Dorish lost on court four, 21-10, 21-18. At no. 3, Silva and Grant took a demanding 27-25 first set win, but were unable to fend off a USC rally, ultimately losing 15-11 in the third set. Brok and Morris bounced back from a 21-17 loss in the first set on court two to take the second 21-18, but came up just short in the third, 15-12. Scarbrough and Navarro suffered a similar fate at no. 1, winning the second set 22-20 to force a third before falling 15-6 in the decisive frame. Ashlan Cunningham and Sam Gott outlasted the pair from USC 16-14 to take the exhibition match.
#2 USC 4, #12 Florida Atlantic 1
1. Tina Graudina/Abril Bustamante (USC) def. Carly Scarbrough/Nicole Navarro (FAU) 21-19, 20-22, 15-6
2. Sammy Slater/Terese Cannon (USC) def. Mackenzie Morris /Erica Brok (FAU) 21-17, 18-21, 15-12
3. Alexandra Poletto/Haley Hallgren (USC) vs. Amanda Silva/Nicole Grant (FAU) 25-27, 21-14, 15-11
4. Joy Denis/Hannah Martin (USC) def. Kaila Dorish/Savannah Pesante (FAU) 21-10, 21-18
5. Megan McGrath (FAU)/Jillienne Cangelosi (FAU) def. Mollie Ebertin/Maja Kaiser (USC) 21-16, 21-17
Ext. Ashlan Cunningham/Sam Gott (FAU) def. Laurel Kujan/Karina Myszkowski (USC)
21-11, 13-21, 16-14
FAU Head Coach Capri Grotowski
“The girls played well, despite the windy conditions. We’re playing at a high level in spots, we just need to develop the consistency to maintain that high level of play.”
The Owls (6-4, 3-3 CCSA) will travel to DeLand to play in the Stetson Invitational on Tuesday, March 19.
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