#2 Sharks Fall Against #1 Buccaneers

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- In a battle of the top-ranked NCAA Division II women’s tennis programs, the No. 2 Nova Southeastern Sharks and the No. 1 Barry Buccaneers faced off on Saturday morning at the NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills. The Sharks fell to the Buccaneers 5-2, losing their first match of the 2024 season. 

Breakdown
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 2 | No. 1 Barry 5
Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 3-1, 3-1 SSC | No. 1 Barry 5-1, 3-0 SSC 
Location: NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills | Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
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How it Happened
Doubles 
Natalie Espinal and Freya Davies earned the first win of the match for the Sharks, defeating Nathalia Gasparin and Clara Versier 6-2
Patricie Kubikova annd Ita Habekovic added another doubles victory for the Sharks, ceiling the doubles point for NSU, by beating Angela Leweurs and Maia Haumuller 6-3

Singles
Natalie Espinal added the second point for the Sharks, earning a victory over Ailen Crespo, 6-4, 6-1
Freya Davies lost against Michalitsch 3-6, 6-4, 6-10
Lian Benedejcic fell versus Alloiarova 3-6, 3-6
Sofia Shing was defeated by Dema 1-6, 6(0)-7(4)
Ita Habekovic was beaten by Versier 6-7, 4-5
Julia Moraes lost against Leweurs 3-6, 2-6

What's Next
The second-ranked Sharks will compete in the ITA Division II Indoor Championships beginning on Friday, February 23rd. NSU will take on Wayne State at 11 a.m. (CT) in Kearney, NE. To stay  up-to-date on Sharks Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis. 
 

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#2 Sharks Win Third Straight, Beat Florida Southern

LAKELAND, Fla. – The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Tennis team defeated Florida Southern 6-1 on Tuesday evening, marking the Sharks third consecutive win to begin the 2024 season. 

Breakdown

Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 3-0, 3-0 SSC | Florida Southern 0-2, 0-2 SSC
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 6 | Florida Southern 1
Location: Wynee Warden Tennis Center | Lakeland, Fla. 
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How it Happened

Doubles
Natalie Espinal and Freya Davies began the match with a 6-1 victory over Laia Pasini and Beatriz Costa
Sofia Shing and Liam Benedejcic were victorious against Kelly Klaren and Vivien Charvatova, winning 6-4
Lexie Weir and Patrice Kubikova sealed the doubles sweep for the Sharks, earning a 6-4 win over Jolie Miller and Ronja Scheuermann

Singles
Natalie Espinal defeated Pasini 6-1, 6-4
Freya Davies won her singles match against Olivia Bryant 6-0, 6-1
Lian Benedejcic was victorious against Charvatova 7-5, 6-4
Sofia Shing added a win against Miller, defeating her counterpart 6-2, 6-3
Ita Habekovic sealed the match win for the Sharks, beating Klaren 7-5, 6-1

What's Next
No. 2 Nova Southeastern matches up against the top-ranked Barry Buccaneers on Saturday, February 17th, in a matchup of the top-ranked NCAA Division II teams and a rematch of the 2023 National Championship. First serve is set for 10 a.m. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Women’s Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis. 

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#2 Sharks Defeat Tampa in SSC Play

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s Tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season by defeating the Tampa Spartans 7-0 in Sunshine State Conference play on Saturday morning from the NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills. 

Breakdown
Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 2-0, 2-0 SSC | Tampa 1-1, 1-1 SSC
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 7 | Tampa 0
Location: NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills
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How it Happened
Doubles

Singles
What's Next
No. 2 Nova Southeastern travels to take on Florida Southern on Tuesday, February 13. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
 

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#2 Sharks Open Season with Dominant Win

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Women’s Tennis team began their 2024 regular season with a dominant 6-1 victory over Palm Beach Atlantic in Sunshine State Conference action from the NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills. 

Breakdown
Score: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 6 | Palm Beach Atlantic 1
Records: No. 2 Nova Southeastern 1-0, 1-0 SSC | Palm Beach Atlantic 0-1, 0-1 SSC
Location: NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills | Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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How it Happened
Doubles

Singles Coach's Corner
Head Coach Doug Neagle – It’s so nice to get the season started, especially with a conference win right out of the gates. I liked our teams energy. Coach Ko and myself learned a lot about our team and they compete. We are pumped to get back to practice tomorrow.”

What's Next
No. 2 Nova Southeastern returns to the courts on Saturday, February 10th, taking on Tampa in Sunshine State conference action. First serve is set for 11 a.m.

To stay up-to-date on Sharks Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram & X at NSU_WTennis. 
 

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Sharks Tennis Match Postponed

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – This afternoon’s No. 2 Nova Southeastern Women’s Tennis match Sunshine State Conference against Palm Beach Atlantic has been postponed due to weather. The match has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 8th at 12 p.m. at the NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills. 

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#2 Sharks Women’s Tennis Picked Second in SSC Coaches Poll

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The Sunshine State Conference released its 2024 preseason Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Poll on Wednesday morning. The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks, last season’s NCAA national finalists, were picked second in the poll for the fourth consecutive season, alongside No. 3 Lynn. NSU, under the direction of Head Coach Doug Neagle, received three first-place votes.

“We have an incredibly tough conference. We have multiple teams in the SSC nationally ranked and looking at these preseason conference rankings we know we have our work cut out for us,” said Neagle. “Our opponents will be hunting us, and we know we must put in the necessary work.”

Barry, ranked No.1 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), is picked to repeat as the SSC winner and received seven first-place votes.
 

Rank School (First Place Votes) Total Points
1. Barry (7) 78
T2.  Nova Southeastern (3) 70
T2.  Lynn 70
4. Saint Leo 57
5.  Tampa 43
6.  Embry-Riddle 42
7. Florida Southern 37
8. Rollins 27
9. Palm Beach Atlantic 17
10. Eckerd 9

Last season, No. 2 Nova Southeastern set a program record with 26 wins, including 12 victories over nationally ranked teams. The Sharks advanced to the NCAA National Championship, defeating No. 3 Saint Leo in the NCAA South Region II Championship, and earned wins over No. 15 Drury, No. 7 Columbus State and No. 4 Hawaii Pacific in the NCAA National Championship tournament.

During the fall, Natalie Espinal and Freya Davies won the ITA Cup Doubles National Championship.

No. 2 Nova Southeastern begins the 2024 season on Monday, February 5th, taking on Sunshine State Conference opponent Palm Beach Atlantic from the NSU Tennis Complex at Rolling Hills. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m.
To stay up-to-date on Sharks Women’s Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis.  
 

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Sharks Ranked Second In ITA Coaches’ Poll

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis (“ITA”) released the Division II Women’s Preseason Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, sponsored by Tennis-Point this afternoon. 

The Nova Southeastern Sharks, led by Head Coach Doug Neagle, enter the 2024 season ranked second in the poll. NSU is one of four five Sunshine State Conference teams ranked within the top-25 – Barry (1st), Nova Southeastern (2nd), Lynn (3rd), Saint Leo (5th), and Tampa (25th). Full rankings can be found here.

“We have a lot of new ladies on this team, and they are so excited to get the season going. Our team chemistry is so strong right now and we will support each other through the grinding season,” stated Neagle. I feel so many teams are stronger right now and our schedule is very tough. I’m confident our ladies will prepare for and welcome the challenge!” 

During the fall, Natalie Espinal and Freya Davies won the ITA Cup Doubles National Championship, the third title in Espinal’s career. The Sharks feature several student-athletes ranked inside the ITA regional and national rankings. Lexie Weir is the highest ranked Shark in the initial ITA singles ranking, checking in as the sixth-rated player in NCAA Division II, while Natalie Espinal (17th) and Freya Davis (33rd) were also recognized. Weir and Espinal are the top ranked doubles tandem in the ITA poll and won the ITA Cup Doubles Title earlier this year.
 
In the regional rankings, Nova Southeastern has three student-athletes inside the top-five in Lexie Weir (2nd), Natalie Espinal (3rd) and Frey Davies (5th), while Lian Benedejcic is ranked 16th in the South Region. Espinal and Davies are the top-ranked duo in the South region, while Weir and Benedejcic are the fifth-rated.

No. 2 Nova Southeastern begins competition with a Sunshine State Conference matchup against Palm Beach Atlantic on Monday, Februray 5th. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis. 

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Ita Habekovic Signs with NSU Tennis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern Women’s Tennis welcomes Ita Habekovic, a transfer from Hillsborough Community College, to the roster for the upcoming Spring 2024 season, announces Head Coach Doug Neagle
 

Habekovic, hailing from the Czech Republic, transfers to NSU from Hillsborough Community College, where she guided HCC to the NJCAA National Championship. Habekovic sealed the victory for Hillsborough, winning the championship match point.  

“We are excited to bring Ita on as Shark!,” continued Neagle. “Ita joins our program with championship pedigree and has a lot of collegiate tennis experience. She will make a great impact on our team and be an immediate fit.” 

NSU Women’s Tennis returns to the court in February 2024. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis.  

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Sofia Shing Commits to NSU Women’s Tennis

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Nova Southeastern Women’s Tennis welcomes Sofia Shing, a transfer from Georgia College, to the roster for the upcoming Spring 2024 season, announces Head Coach Doug Neagle

Shing joins the Sharks after two years at Georgia College, where she was named to the 2023 All-Peach Belt Conference First-Team, while also earning Second-Team All-PBC in 2022. Shing was Georgia College’s top-ranked player and finished fourth in the Southeast Region, as well as 36th in the country last season. Shing finished the 2021 season ranked 15th in NCAA Division II. Shing also excels in the classroom, earning College Sports Communicatiors (CSC) All-District honors in 2022-23, was recognized as a 2021-22 ITA Scholar-Athlete and the 2021-22 Peach Belt Conference Gold Scholar.  

“We are pumped to get Sofia here this spring,” stated Neagle. “Our ladies had a great fall and the team chemistry is outstanding. I am confident Sofia will not only make an immediate impact on the tennis court, but more importantly, fit right in with our culture. She seems like a great person and has a tremendous passion for tennis.” 

NSU Women’s Tennis returns to the court in February 2024. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis.

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Sharks Featured in ITA Rankings

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) release the Division II Women’s National Singles and Doubles rankings, as well as, Regional Singles and Doubles ranking for the 2024 spring season.
 
The national rankings consist of the top-50 singles players and top-25 doubles teams, while regional rankings consist of the top-20 singles rankings and top-10 doubles teams from each region.
 
The second-ranked Nova Southeastern Sharks Women’s tennis team consists of three student-athletes inside the National Top-50 singles players and the top-ranked doubles tandem in the ITA.
 
Led by Head Coach Doug Neagle, the Sharks are a powerhouse in NCAA Division II Tennis and finished the 2022-23 season as national finalists. “It’s great when you have players on your team recognized in the National and Regional rankings,” stated Neagle. “Every single student-athlete on this team plays a role in our success and we will do our best to build on the success we had this fall.”
 
Lexie Weir is the highest ranked Shark in the initial ITA singles ranking, checking in as the sixth-rated player in NCAA Division II, while Natalie Espinal (17th) and Freya Davies (33rd) were also recognized. Weir and Espinal are the top ranked doubles tandem in the ITA poll and won the ITA Cup Doubles Title earlier this year.
 
In the regional rankings, Nova Southeastern has three student-athletes inside the top-five in Lexie Weir (2nd), Natalie Espinal (3rd) and Frey Davies (5th), while Lian Benedejcic is ranked 16th in the South Region. Espinal and Davies are the top-ranked duo in the South region, while Weir and Benedejcic are the fifth-rated.
 
Nova Southeastern Women’s Tennis returns to action in February 2024. To stay up-to-date on Sharks Women’s Tennis, be sure to follow on Instagram and X at NSU_WTennis.
 

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