Historic day for women's tennis team, advancing to national tournament

Historic day for women's tennis team, advancing to national tournament

The Eastern Florida State College women's tennis team made history Saturday at the Region 8 Women's Tennis Tournament in Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.

The Titans finished runner-up in the Florida College System Activities Association tournament and advanced to the NJCAA Division I National Tournament in Waco, Texas. It is the first time in program history that a team will play in the national tournament.

Sophomore Yuliana Monroy had a big day for the Titans, winning the Region 8 title at No. 1 singles, defeating Hillsborough Community College's Ceire Mullins in the final 6-3, 6-3 in a rematch from last year's championship match.

"It was a really good match, she is a tough opponent, she plays really well and has a big serve," Monroy said. "But I entered today so focused on my game and did really well. I feel very happy, it is my final year and I wanted to give my best and finish very well. Everything is good so far."

Monroy was also named the Region 8 Player of the Year and made the all-state team.

Hillsborough Community College and ASA Miami also qualified for the national tournament which will be held May 6 to 11 at the Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center in Waco, Texas.