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Orlando, Fla. – For the first time in program history, the Nova Southeastern University Sharks have been crowned NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis National Champions after taking down conference foe Barry University in today’s championship match at Sanlando Park in Orlando, Florida.

After coming up just short each of the past few year, including an NCAA Runner-Up finish just last season, Nova Southeastern was finally able to cross the finish line in 2024, denying Barry of their seventh-straight NCAA National Championship, while claiming their first title in program history.

As two of the strongest teams in the country over the last few seasons, this National Championship matchup brought together two conference rivals, who were the top two seeds in the draw, as Barry entered the Championship with a 23-4 record (only two losses to Division II opponents), while Nova entered with a 26-4 record with three of those losses coming to Barry.

Beginning with doubles, Nova knew that they had an advantage at the top doubles spot with the No. 2 pairing in the nation, Freya Davies and Natalie Espinal, being one of the most reliable doubles pairs in the country. However, unfazed by the looming task, Barry would match Nova’s win on court No. 1 with a quick win at the No. 2 position before closing out doubles with a 7-6 (1) win from the No. 3 position to put the Buccaneers ahead heading into singles.

Having just lost one match in the past 13 years after winning doubles, Barry was hoping to keep this impressive number in tact as they entered singles play with the 1-0 advantage.

However, in singles, it was Nova Southeastern who set the tone out of the gate. The Sharks would take four first sets over the Bucs, and on courts No. 1, No. 3 , and No. 5 would close out the matches quickly with straight set victories to put them ahead 3-1 in the match.

Needing just one more point, the Bucs would respond with a three set win on court No. 2 bringing the match score to 3-2 with just two courts remaining. Ultimately coming down to Ita Habekovic on court No. 3, she would get up by a double break early and would ultimately hold on to win 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in her match to clinch the National Championship for the Sharks.

The championship marks just the first NCAA Championship in Nova Southeastern program history, and makes it now it seven straight years in which a Sunshine State Conference member has taken home the title.

More information about the match and Nova Southeastern’s road to the final can be found below.

Box Score

Doubles No. 1 – Freya Davies/Natalie Espinal (NSU) def. Dinara Alloiarova/Viktoriia Dema (Barry), 6-3
Doubles No. 2 – Clara Versier/Ailen Crespo (Barry) def. Julia Moraes/Sofia Shing (NSU), 6-3
Doubles No. 3 – Nathalia Gasparin/Angela Leweurs (Barry) vs. Ita Habekovic/Patricie Kubikova (NSU), 7-6 (1)

Singles No. 1 – Natalie Espinal (NSU) def. Alina Michalitsch (Barry), 6-2, 6-3
Singles No. 2 – Viktoriia Dema (Barry) def. Lexi Weir (NSU), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
Singles No. 3 – Freya Davies (NSU) def. Ailen Crespo (Barry), 6-0, 6-1
Singles No. 4 – Lian Benedejcic (NSU) vs. Dinara Alloiarova (Barry), 4-6, 7-6 (6) (unf)
Singles No. 5 – Sofia Shing (NSU) def. Angela Leweurs (Barry), 6-3, 6-3
Singles No. 6 – Ita Habekovic (NSU) def. Clara Versier (Barry), 1-6, 6-4, 6-4

Road To The Final

Round One: defeated West Alabama 4-0
Round Two: defeated Lynn 4-1
Round Three: defeated IUP 4-0
Quarterfinals: defeated Wayne State 4-0
Semifinals: defeated North Georgia 4-0
Finals: defeated Barry 4-2

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