Scholar Athlete: Amandine Faouzi brings home pair of titles
Amandine Faouzi, a senior finance major from Paris, France, won the top singles and doubles brackets at the Steve Baras Fall Classic in Chattanooga.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Senior women's tennis player Amandine Faouzi had quite a weekend at the Steve Baras Fall Classic hosted by Chattanooga. Faouzi took the title in both the top singles and doubles brackets. Meanwhile on the men's side, freshman Colin Hart captured the Flight 4 singles bracket.
"I can't give enough praise to Amandine Faouzi," EKU head coach Rob Oertel said. "She showed a tremendous amount of maturity in the bracket featuring every other team's top singles player."
Faouzi easily won her opening round singles match before battling back from a set down to Samford's Stephanie N'tcha to advance to the finals. In the championship match, Faouzi defeated Chattanooga's Kayla Jones, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5.
In doubles, Faouzi teamed with fellow senior Marcela Jimenez to win the Gold Draw bracket. The duo's tightest match came in the finals when Faouzi and Jimenez outlasted Lipscomb's Hannah Gamage and Laura Kent, 8-6.
For the men, Hart had to survive a tough battle in the opener against Jacksonville State's Austin McCormick, 6-4, 3-6, (11-9). The freshman from Stanford, Kentucky, settled in from there and won his final three matches in convincing straight-set fashion.
"It was nice to see a freshman come in and get a big 'W' for the Colonels," Oertel said. "Overall, it was another great weekend for EKU tennis."
The Colonel women combined to go 9-8 in singles while the Eastern men piled up a 16-12 singles record.
Both teams wind down the fall season in a few weeks at the ITA Regional tournaments.
Published on October 05, 2014