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Size up the rings! FAMU women’s tennis claims the SWAC championship, first title since 1997
FAMU women’s tennis won its first conference title since 1997 after beating defending champions Jackson State in the SWAC Championship. The Rattlers will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It’s time to start measuring ring sizes and producing a banner.
The Florida A&M women’s tennis team won the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship on Sunday over Jackson State.
The Rattlers (10-11, 9-0 SWAC), defeated the defending champions JSU Tigers, 4-2 at New Orleans’ Pepsi Tennis Court. Freshman Reagan Harris(Southeast Guilford High School) scored the game-deciding point.
FAMU women’s tennis SWAC championship win was the program’s first conference title since 1997 as members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) ? when the Rattlers head coach Rochelle ‘Nikki’ Houston was a player on the team.
Reagan Harris, from Southeast Guilford HS, was named the Tournament MVP, and she was also named to the SWAC All-Conference Team…
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NEW ORLEANS, La.- Florida A&M Women’s Tennis defeated Jackson State on Sunday to claim the 2023 SWAC Women’s Tennis Tournnament Championship.
For the 11th time this season versus SWAC opponents, the Rattlers won the doubles point in dramatic fashion. Veronica Rodriguez and Rebekkah Gaines won their match 6-3.
After Regan Harris and Genesis Whitelock lost their match, it was up to Sierra Sandy and Sara Rakim to secure the point. Sandy and Rakim went back and forth with the Tigers as they won 7-6, winning the tiebreaker point 10-8.
In singles play, Sandy dominated her opponent winning 6-1, 6-1. Gaines won her match 6-3, 7-5 and Harris clinched the win for the Rattlers winning 0-6, 6-2, 6-4.
This marked the Rattlers first SWAC Championship Title after joining the league last season.
A complete listing of All-Tournament Team honors can be found below.
Most Valuable Player
Reagan Harris, Florida A&M/Southeast Guilford High School
Coach of the Year
Rochelle Houston, Florida A&M
Urska Velec, Alabama State
Tyra-Nicole Whyte, Jackson State
Paula Arcarons, Jackson State
Sierra Sandy, Florida A&M
Rebekkah Gaines, Florida A&M
Reagan Harris, Florida A&M
Florida A&M 4, Jackson State 2
1. Rebekkah Gaines (FAMU) def. Robin Alston (JSU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Veronica Rodriguez (FAMU) vs. Paula Arcarons (JSU) 6-4, 6-6 (4-1), unfinished
3. Tyra-Nicole Whyte (JSU) def. Sara Rakim (FAMU) 7-5, 6-3
4. Sierra Sandy (FAMU) def. De’Alva Alston (JSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Daniela Ramos (JSU) def. Genesis Whitelock (FAMU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Reagan Harris (FAMU) def. Zeina Shaaban (JSU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
1. Sierra Sandy/Sara Rakim (FAMU) def. Paula Arcarons/Daniela Ramos (JSU) 7-6 (10-8)
2. Tyra-Nicole Whyte/Robin Alston (JSU) def. Reagan Harris/Genesis Whitelock (FAMU) 6-2
3. Veronica Rodriguez/Rebekkah Gaines (FAMU) def. Zeina Shaaban/Isabela Benavides (JSU) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,1,5,6)