UWF Women's Tennis breaks through to Nationals

UWF Women's Tennis will compete in the National-round of 16-Tournament next week in Arizona.

It's a breakthrough for a program that lost in the Regional Final eight of the last night years.

Jordana Lujan epitomized UWF's battle to beat Lynn in Sunday's Regional Final. Her doubles paring with Samantha Echevarria overcame three match points to gain a must have win.

Then, with the teams tied 4-4, it all came down to Lujan's #3 singles match.

The junior from Argentina overcame deficits in both sets, the last knowing the entire match was on her.

"I was thinking I need to do this for my friends, not just my teammates. It's important the bond we have built off the court", said Lujan.

After losing four straight Regional Finals, the last two against the same Lynn program, the significance of breaking though and back into the national tournament, can't be overstated.

"It's one of the best feelings I've ever had", said junior Heather Mixon.

Paula Coyos, a senior from Argentina, sets the pace at number one singles. Her leadership has been invaluable.

Freshman Ines Nicault from France proved a huge addition, playing number two singles.

But, it's depth that's a real difference maker.

At the sixth and final singles spot, junior Heather Mixon, a Louisiana native, has only lost one of her 28 matches.

UWF is seeded 4th of the 16 teams at Nationals.

They have lost to two of the teams seeded ahead of them, but Head Coach Derrick Racine believes it will be a different feel if they were to see those teams again.

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