SCF Tennis Team Wins Third Consecutive FCSAA State Championship

(Bradenton, Fla., April 14, 2016) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) congratulates the SCF Tennis team on its state championship win, where freshman Maria Medina was named FCSAA Tennis Player of the Year. Congratulations also go to Coach Clayton Taylor for being named the FCSAA Tennis Coach of the Year.

The win at the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) Tournament qualifies the team for the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament in May. This is the third consecutive year the SCF tennis team has won the state tournament, and the sixth consecutive year the Manatees qualified for the NJCAA National Championship, which will be held May 7-13 in Tyler, Texas.

The Manatees were led by Medina, who won the number one singles draw championship during the tournament at Altamonte Springs over the weekend. In the championship match, Medina defeated Macarena Olivares, the top ranked player in the country. It was the first time Olivares had lost to a junior college competitor in her NJCAA career.

With the victory, Medina earned the FCSAA State and NJCAA Region 8 Championship for her draw.  Medina then paired with Iulia Sergheeva to hand the nation’s number one ranked doubles team its first loss of the season. This earned the pair the number one doubles draw in the FCSAA State/NJCAA Region 8 Championship.

Sergheeva and Amiena Houston finished as regional finalists in single play. Houston and her doubles partner, Maria Zubkova, also finished as regional finalists. Casey O’Toole and Catherine Murphy earned the team much needed points by winning the consolation brackets in their respective singles draws. The two paired up to win the consolation bracket of the number two doubles draw, as well.

To top off her success on the courts, O’Toole was named the Vicki Schnurr FCSAA Scholar Athlete of the Year. Sergheeva and Houston were named to the FCSAA All-State team. 

For more information, contact SCF’s Athletic Director Matthew Ennis at 941-752-5574 or To learn about SCF’s tennis program visit

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