Stetson Captures ASUN Tournament Title Over North Florida

  0 Wendy Mayer | April 22nd, 2018 | ASUN Conference, College - Beach, News

No. 1 seed Stetson cruised through three matches en route to the Atlantic Sun Championship, besting Jacksonville and then North Florida twice for their second straight title. The Hatters dropped just one of its 12 court pairings, a Court 4 loss to North Florida’s Madilyn McCarty/Nicole DeBolt in the championship match.

The regular season champs made history with the two Sunday victories over UNF, setting a school record with their 29th and 30th duel victories of the season. The trio of conference tournament wins push the team’s win streak against ASUN foes to 26 straight matches.

In the end, it was a victory on Court 3 by Samantha Harris/Rachel Noble that delivered Stetson the title and 3-1 win over UNF.

Runner-up UNF posted a milestone of its own as Courtney Miller registered her 60th career victory, making her the first Osprey ever to reach the plateau.

Florida Gulf Coast finished third, advancing to Sunday’s action and knocking Jacksonville out of the competition, before falling 3-0 to UNF in the consolation final to close out the season at 15-11. The 15 wins tie last year’s program record tally, while Court 2 duo Karissa Rhoades and Katherine Puisis snapped the single-season pair’s record against JU, notching their 17th.

Jacksonville earned its first opening round win of the ASUN Tournament since 2014, besting Mercer on Saturday, but fell to Stetson later in the day and dropped a 3-1 decision to FGCU Sunday morning to end the season at 6-18.

In Saturday’s action, Mercer dropped 3-2 decisions to Jacksonville and FGCU to become the first team eliminated from the tournament. The No. 4 seed Bears ended the season at 9-16 and said goodbye to four seniors including Marina Chavez, who ended her career with a Court 5 win vs. FGCU.


Pair of the Tournament

Carly Perales/Sunniva Helland-Hansen, Stetson


All-Tournament Team

Stetson: Rebecca Ingram/Quinci Birker

North Florida: Madilyn McCarty/Nicole DeBolt

Jacksonville: Morgan Dees/Katie Krawczyk

FGCU: Giovanna Borgiotti and Ashley Glickert

Saturday Results

Winning Team Losing Team Score Winning Team Recap Losing Team Recap
Jacksonville Mercer 3-2. Link Link
North Florida FGCU 4-1. Link Link
Stetson Jacksonville 5-0. Link Link
FGCU Mercer 3-2. Link Link


Sunday Results

Stetson North Florida 3-0.
FGCU Jacksonville 3-1.
North Florida FGCU 3-0.
Stetson North Florida 3-1.

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About Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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