In doubles, South Carolina State won at number one and number three slots to earn the team point. Intissar Rassif and Dakota Brown defeated Shantel Blackwood and Arrice Robinson 6-2 at the number one slot, while Andjela Vasic and Marketa Marcanikova won at number three over Elizabeth Clayton and Alexis Dean 6-4 for the team point.
The singles matches were highlighted by Rassif, who was named the Outstanding Performer of the tournament, winning at number one over Alexis Dean 6-0, 6-2. Vasic defeated Olivia Rolle 6-3, 6-1 at number three singles to get the Lady Bulldogs to within a point of the championship. Carla Petreanu won the tournament-clinching match defeating Clayton at number six singles 6-0, 6-4.
The tournament title was the first for South Carolina State since 2014 and they have now won 11 of the last 12 MEAC Championships and 12th overall.
With the win, South Carolina State (8-10) earned the conference’s automatic qualification to the NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Championships. The NCAA selection show will air on May 3 at 5 p.m. online at www.ncaa.com.
Tennis Match Results
South Carolina State 4, Florida A&M 0
1. Intissar Rassif (SCSU) def. DEAN,Alexis (FAMUW) 6-0, 6-2
2. BLACKWOOD,Shantel (FAMUW) vs. Oleksandra Fillippov (SCSU) 5-7, unfinished
3. Andjela Vasic (SCSU) def. ROLLE,Olivia (FAMUW) 6-3, 6-1
4. HENRY,Dominique (FAMUW) vs. Marketa Marcanikova (SCSU) 6-6, unfinished
5. ROBINSON,Arrice (FAMUW) vs. Dakota Brown (SCSU) 1-6, 1-5, unfinished
6. Carla Petreanu (SCSU) def. CLAYTON,Elizabeth (FAMUW) 6-0, 6-4
1. Intissar Rassif/Dakota Brown (SCSU) def. BLACKWOOD,Shantel/ROBINSON,Arrice (FAMUW) 6-2
2. HENRY,Dominique/ROLLE,Olivia (FAMUW) def. Claudia Roca/Oleksandra Fillippov (SCSU) 6-3
3. Andjela Vasic/Marketa Marcanikova (SCSU) def. CLAYTON,Elizabeth/DEAN,Alexis (FAMUW) 6-4
South Carolina State 8-10
Florida A&M 10-12