Women’s Tennis Team Advance to Nationals
Broward College’s women’s tennis team finished as runner-up in the Florida State College Activities Association/NJCAAA Region 8 championships at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs over the weekend.
As a result of their finish, the Seahawks advance to the NJCAA championships at the Jim Reffkin Tennis Center in Tucson, Arizona on May 2-8.
This is Broward’s first trip to nationals since 2012, when they finished fifth at Tyler, Texas. This marks the team’s second trip to nationals under the guidance of Coach Marlena Hall.
In addition to the team honor, several of the players earned individual honors as well:
- No.2 singles player Hayley Briggs, won the state singles championship at her position. (Briggs is a graduate of Horizon School in LaQuinta, California.)
- No.1 singles player Maeva Sanchez was runner-up at her position and was named the conference’s state scholar-athlete with a 3.8 GP, an amazing feat since Sanchez came to the United States a year and a half ago from Saleilles, France not speaking much English.
- The No. 5 singles player, Natalie Hernandez and No.6, Lina Restrepo, finished third in their draw. (Hernandez is a graduate of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School in Miami, where she played for former Broward College coach and All-America player Heidi Rosenbaum. Restrepo. Is a graduate of Flanagan High in Pembroke Pines.)
- The No.1 doubles team of Sanchez and Briggs placed third in their draw.
Other members of the team are Samantha Arevalo (Pembroke Pines), Ashlee Priddey (Queensland, Australia), and Kiah Turner, from P.K. Yonge High in Gainesville, Fla.
Broward College has one of the most illustrious histories in women’s tennis on the community level, with multiple state championships and NJCAA Division I national championships in 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2006.