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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2012
Champion! Huba Claims ITA South Regional Singles Crown
Kristina Huba became the first Panther to win an ITA South Regional Championship. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern Athletics.
Kristina Huba became the first Panther to win an ITA South Regional Championship. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern Athletics.
Huba and runner-up Olivia Matuszak of Barry University. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern Athletics.
Huba and runner-up Olivia Matuszak of Barry University. Photo courtesy of Florida Southern Athletics.
LAKELAND, Fla. (Women’s Tennis) – Junior Kristina Huba took the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Regional Singles Championship Match in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0, to claim Florida Tech’s first-ever ITA South Regional Championship on Sunday at Wynee Warden Complex on the campus of Florida Southern.

“Kristina has worked hard on her game all semester,” head coach Bill Macom said of the singles champion. “She came back to campus tournament ready, having played a lot of practice matches this summer. All that work paid off.

“She has also been extremely coachable and patient on the court. She earned it. I am very happy for her and so are her teammates.”

Huba faced Olivia Matuszak of Barry in the singles final. The two met previously in the doubles round of 16 where Huba and Stephanie Dohner eliminated Matuszak and Mona Mansour, 8-5.

The first break point came in the seventh game of the first set with the players even at 3-3. Huba broke Matuszak’s serve to take a 4-3 lead in set one. Huba went on to break her opponent’s serve once more to earn a 6-4 first-set victory.

In the second set, Huba put the match in cruise control, breaking Matuszak’s serve all three times, to take the set 6-0 and win the singles championship, 6-4, 6-0.

“I thought I played really well all tournament,” Huba said after the championship match. “Today, I was a little nervous at the beginning, but then I hit some winners and got my confidence level up.

“My conditioning helped me get through the weekend. I did not get tired, and my teammates were very supportive which also helped. I am very excited to compete at nationals and feel confident that I can win.”

The Ascona, Switzerland native receives an automatic bid to compete at the Small College Nationals in Mobile, Ala. The nationals begin on Oct. 11 and run through Oct. 14.

Huba, who was named the ITA South Region Player to Watch at the end of last season, is now 8-0 in singles play this fall. She was crowned Flight “A” Singles Champion at the Panther Invitational just one week ago.

The junior went 5-0 on her run to the ITA South Regional Championship. After a first-round bye, Huba swept West Alabama’s Jill Furlong 6-0, 6-0 in the round of 32. She then swept a second-straight opponent in Mona Mansour of Barry, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16.

In the quarterfinal round, Huba eliminated a second-straight Barry player, Linda Fritschken, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

Huba won a three-set match in the semifinals, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, against Lynn’s Val Confalonieri.
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