Here is a review of last weekend's MAC Women's Tennis action.
Tennis Improves to 4-0 with Wins Over Dayton and Wright State
DAYTON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team posted two road victories on Saturday, downing Dayton 6-1 in the afternoon and Wright State 4-1 at night.
The Zips (4-0) swept doubles and won at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 through 6 singles versus Dayton (0-1), then were victorious in the first two flights of doubles and at Nos. 1, 4, and 5 singles against Wright State (0-1) in a contest that was called when the Zips clinched match point.
"We had great effort today in both matches," UA head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Playing hurt and tired from four matches in three days, I am happy with how we did overall."
The Zips' No. 1 doubles team of Olga Shkundina and Ksenia Berestetska earned a 6-1 win over Dayton's Alex Townsend and Mandy Merchant, and a 6-2 decision against Wright State's Linsey Verstrepen and Elaine Cloern. UA's duo of Martina Zerbola and Madison Cohen posted a pair of wins at No. 2 doubles, topping UD's Carly Peck and Sammy Hornberger 6-3 and WSU's Aby Madrigal and Vanessa Madrigal by the same count.
Shkundina and Berestetska took both their singles contests as well. Shkundina used identical 6-2, 6-2 scores at No. 1 to top both Townsend and Verstrepen, while Berestetska defeated Merchant 6-1, 6-2 and WSU's Tori Turner 6-3, 6-0, both at the fourth flight.
Today's doubleheader closed out a season-opening road trip for UA that started on Thursday with a 7-0 win at Robert Morris and continued on Friday with a 4-3 victory at West Virginia.
The Zips travel to Cleveland State on Jan. 25 for a 6 p.m. ET contest.
Zips Notebook: Akron swept Dayton and Wright State in a same-day road doubleheader last season as well ... the Zips topped Wright State for the fourth-straight time and improved their all-time record versus the Raiders to 21-6 ... UA defeated Dayton for the second-straight meeting and moved closer to evening the all-time series record versus the Flyers, closing to within 7-6 ... after sitting out the season opener at Robert Morris on Thursday, Olga Shkundina has won at No. 1 singles in three-straight matches ... Ksenia Berestetska is 4-0 in singles play (2-0 at No. 4, 1-0 at Nos. 3 and 5).
Akron 6, Dayton 1
1. Olga Shkundina/Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Alex Townsend/Mandy Merchant (UD) 6-1
2. Martina Zerbola/Madison Cohen (UA) def. Carly Peck/Sammy Hornberger (UD) 6-3
3. Caroline Harpaintner/Marta Briega (UA) def. Katie Shephard/Erin Filbrant (UD) 7-6 (6)
1. Olga Shkundina (UA) def. Alex Townsend (UD) 6-2, 6-2
2. Martina Zerbola (UA) def. Sammy Hornberger (UD) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (4)
3. Carly Peck (UD) def. Madison Cohen (UA) 6-1, 6-2
4. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Mandy Merchant (UD) 6-1, 6-2
5. Caroline Harpaintner (UA) def. Katie Shephard (UD) 5-7, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (2)
6. Marta Briega (UA) def. Erin Filbrant (UD) 6-1, 6-1
Order of finish:
Doubles – 1, 2, 3
Singles – 6, 3, 4, 1, 2, 5
Akron – 3-0
Dayton – 0-1
Akron 4, Wright State 1
1. Olga Shkundina/Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Linsey Verstrepen/Elaine Cloern (WSU) 6-2
2. Martina Zerbola/Madison Cohen (UA) def. Aby Madrigal/Vanessa Madrigal (WSU) 6-3
3. Chelsea Girgash/Megan Brdicka (WSU) def. Karolina Maksimava/Marta Briega (UA) 6-2
1. Olga Shkundina (UA) def. Linsey Verstrepen (WSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Martina Zerbola (UA) vs. Elaine Cloern (WSU) 6-4, 4-4, Unfinished
3. Madison Cohen (UA) vs. Vanessa Madrigal (WSU) 7-5, 5-5, Unfinished
4. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Tori Turner (WSU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Karolina Maksimava (UA) def. Aby Madrigal (WSU) 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (9)
6. Lauren Smith (WSU) def. Marta Briega (UA) 7-5, 6-1
Order of finish:
Doubles – 1, 2, 3
Singles – 1, 4, 6, 5
Akron – 4-0
Wright State – 0-1
Tennis Gets By West Virginia, 4-3
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Ksenia Berestetska's win at No. 5 singles lifted the Akron women's tennis team to a 4-3 victory over West Virginia on Friday afternoon at Ridgeview Racquet Club. The Zips improved to 2-0 in dual-match play this season and topped the Mountaineers (0-1) for the second-straight time dating to 2012.
Berestetska defeated Irinka Toidze 7-5, 7-6 (1) to clinch match point. West Virginia tied the contest at 2-all, when Kaja Mrgole bested Madison Cohen 6-7 (3), 6-0, 1-0 (7) at No. 3, and 3-all, with a 6-3, 6-3 win by Vivian Tsui over Caroline Harpaintner at No. 6.
After claiming the doubles point with wins at the first and third positions, Akron pulled ahead 2-0 in the match scoring thanks to a 7-5, 6-1 victory by Olga Shkundina against Hailey Barrett at No. 1, then took a 3-2 advantage when Martina Zerbola downed Ikttesh Chahal 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8) at No. 2. WVU's Oana Manole topped Karolina Maksimava 6-2, 7-5 at No. 4 to make the match score 2-1 in favor of UA.
"We continued to battle ourselves again today, but I am proud of how everyone fought," fourth-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "The effort level we showed today was strong, and the resolve this team showed was impressive. I am proud of how hard this group is pushing itself."
In doubles, Newnes and Shkundina defeated Barrett and Chahal 7-6 (6) at No. 1, while Cohen and Zerbola did the same at No. 3 against Toidza and Tsui, 6-1. Manole and Mrgole got the better of Harpaintner and Maksimava at No. 2, 6-3.
Akron travels to Dayton and Wright State on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, closing out a three-day stretch in which it competes four times.
Zips Notebook: Akron posted a 7-0 win over West Virginia in the previous meeting between the two programs on Feb. 5. 2012, also in Morgantown ... Martina Zerbola and Ksenia Berestetska improved to 2-0 in singles play ... Zerbola posted a win at No. 1 in Thursday's 7-0 victory at Robert Morris and Berestetska did the same at No. 3 against the Colonials ... Olga Shkundina saw her first competition of the season after sitting out Thursday's match at RMU.
Akron 4, West Virginia 3
1. Shannon Newnes/Olga Shkundina (UA) def. Hailey Barrett/Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) 7-6 (6)
2. Oana Manole/Kaja Mrgole (WVU) def. Caroline Harpainter/Karolina Maksimava (UA) 6-3
3. Madison Cohen/Martina Zerbola (UA) def. Irinka Toidza/Vivian Tsui (WVU) 6-1
1. Olga Shkundina (UA) def. Hailey Barrett (WVU) 7-5, 6-1
2. Martina Zerbola (UA) def. Ikttesh Chahal (WVU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
3. Kaja Mrgole (WVU) def. Madison Cohen (UA) 6-7 (3), 6-0, 1-0 (7)
4. Oana Manole (WVU) def. Karolina Maksimava (UA) 6-2, 7-5
5. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Irinka Toidze (WVU) 7-5, 7-6 (1)
6. Vivian Tsui (WVU) def. Caroline Harpainter (UA) 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish:
Doubles – 2, 3, 1
Singles – 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5
MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The University of Akron women's tennis team posted a 7-0 win over Robert Morris in the season opener for both squads on Thursday afternoon at Trumbull Tennis Center.
Akron (1-0) grabbed the early doubles point with victories at the first and second flights, then posted straight-set wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles to secure match point and improve its all-time series record versus Robert Morris (0-1) to 11-0.
"We saw five of our six players compete in their first-ever dual match today and, at times, it certainly looked like it," Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "However, it was nice to see the way they responded."
Martina Zerbola's 6-2, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles over Carolina Mourao Teixeira clinched the decisive point for the Zips, after Ksenia Berestetska topped Alina Schibol 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and Karolina Maksimava got the best of Diana Mirceta 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2.
Also winning in singles for UA was Caroline Harpaintner over Marie-Sophie Heine 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3) at No. 4, Shannon Newnes versus Larissa Kiyoku 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5 and Marta Briega against Dounia Zinbi 6-2, 6-4 at No. 6.
For the Zips in doubles, it was Zerbola and Berestetska over Mirceta and Schibol 6-3 at No. 1, while Maksimava and Harpaintner downed Teixeira and Zinbi 6-1 at No. 2. RMU's Heine and Kiyoku defeated Newnes and Briega 6-2 at No. 3.
Akron continues a stretch of four matches in three days on Friday when it visits West Virginia for a 1 p.m. ET contest. The Zips compete at Dayton and Wright State on Saturday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.
"Tomorrow will be extremely tough, and we will definitely need to come out playing stronger from top to bottom," Padgett said. "Overall though, I am pleased with how we played today."
1. Martina Zerbola/Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Diana Mirceta/Alina Schibol (RMU) 6-3
2. Karolina Maksimava/Caroline Harpaintner (UA) def. Carolina Mourao Teixeira/Dounia Zinbi (RMU) 6-1
3. Marie-Sophie Heine/Larissa Kiyoku (RMU) def. Shannon Newnes/Marta Briega (UA) 6-2
1. Martina Zerbola (UA) def. Carolina Mourao Teixeira (RMU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Karolina Maksimava (UA) def. Diana Mirceta (RMU) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Alina Schibol (RMU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Caroline Harpaintner (UA) def. Marie-Sophie Heine (RMU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3)
5. Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Larissa Kiyoku (RMU) 6-2, 6-3
6. Marta Briega (UA) def. Dounia Zinbi (RMU) 6-2, 6-4
Women's Tennis Loses 4-2 Match To Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. The Ball State University women's tennis team fell 4-2 to Kentucky in its last match of the weekend Saturday night at the Hilary J.Boone Varsity Tennis Center.
The Wildcats took the doubles point to go up 1-0 over the Cardinals heading into singles action. Kentucky's twosome of Caitlin McGraw and Kirsten Lewis took the first match from Ball State's Courtney Wild and Ayaka Terashi by a score of 6-1 at the No. 3 position. Toni Ormond and Courtney Earnest then dropped a 6-1 decision at the No. 2 position to Kentucky's twosome of Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff and Aldila Sutjiadi.
In singles action, Bethany Moore lost to Morin-Kougoucheff at the No. 3 spot to make it a 2-0 match for Kentucky. After that, Kristel Sanders defeated Taylor Lederman, 7-6, 6-1 at the No. 4 position to make the score, 2-1. Wild then dropped her match at No. 1 singles to give the Wildcats the 3-1 edge over the Cardinals. Earnest made it a one-point match after posting a straight set victory, 6-3, 6-3 (8), over Kelsey Dieters at No. 2. With the match at 3-2, Caitlin McGraw would beat Ormond to secure the win for the Wildcats.
The Ball State women's tennis team continues aciton when it hosts Wright State and Oakland University Friday at the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center.
Kentucky 4, Ball State 2
Singles order of finish 3,4,1,2,5*
1. Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Courtney Wild, 7-6, 6-2
2. Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Kelsey Dieters (UK) 6-3, 6-3 (8)
3. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff (UK) def. Bethany Moore (BSU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Taylor Lederman (UK) 7-6, 6-1 (5)
5. Caitlin McGraw (UK) def. Toni Ormond (BSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Stephanie Fox (UK) def. Ayaka Terashi (BSU) 5-3 DNF
Doubles order of finish 3,2,1*
1. Kelsey Dieters/CeCe Witten (UK) def. Bethany Moore/Kristel Sanders,6-3
2. Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff/Aldila Sutjiadi (UK) def. Toni Ormond/Courtney Earnest, 6-1
3. Caitlin McGraw/Kirsten Lewis (UK) def. Courtney Wild/Ayaka Terashi, 6-1
Women's Tennis Sweeps Both Home Matches Friday
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team opened the 2014 season with a 7-0 sweep over in-state rivals Valparaiso and IUPUI Friday in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. The win marked the first for first-year head coach Max Norris.
The Cardinals began competition today against the Crusaders, which started off with a dominating doubles performance. Courtney Wild and Ayaka Terashi started Ball State off with a good start, winning a 6-1 match over Valparaiso's No. 6 doubles tandem Megan Paras and Kaitlyn Hamel. After that, Bethany Moore and Kristel Sanders earned a 6-0 win at the No. 1 position to give the Cardinals the 1-0 advantage over the Crusaiders heading into singles action.
Sanders posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Megan Barthels at the No. 3 slot to put Ball State up 2-0 over Valparaiso. Toni Ormond, Courtney Earnest, Anna Rozenberg, Wild and Marin Kanii all followed with straight sets victories. Ormond did not give up a point in her win over Paras at No. 5 singles with the 6-0, 6-0 defeat.
In the night cap, the No. 2 doubles tandem of Ormond and Earnest captured a 6-0 win over Abbey Neff and Julie Brockman. Earnest and Sanders paired up at No. 3 to earn a 6-1 win , putting Ball State up 1-0 over IUPUI.
Ball State swept all six of its singles matches, No. 1 thru No. 5 all won in straight sets. Rozenberg won her first set over Brookman at No. 6 singles but would drop the second set before winning the third set tie breaker.
The Ball State women's tennis team will continue action at Kentucky, Saturday at 6 p.m.
Scores are in the order they finished.
Ball State 7 – Valparaiso 0
No. 3 Wild/Terashi (BSU) def. Paras/Hamel (VAL) 6-1
No. 1 Moore/Saunders (BSU) def. Heuer/Barthels (VAL) 6-0
No. 2 Ormond/Earnest (BSU) defeating Goheen/Fredlake (VAL) 5-0 (DNF)
No. 3 Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Megan Barthels (VAL) 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Michele Fredlak (VAL) 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 Courtney Earnest (BSU) def. Paige Heuer (VAL) 6-3, 6-0
No. 5 Anna Rozenberg (BSU) def. Morgan Paras (VAL) 6-0, 6-0
No. 1 Courtney Wild (BSU) def.Kaitlyn Hamel (VAL) 6-2, 6-2
No. 6 Marin Kanii (BSU) def. Angelina Goheen (VAL) 7-5, 6-3
Ball State 7 – IUPUI 0
No. 2 Ormond/Earnest (BSU) def. Neff/Brockman (IUPUI) 6-0
No. 3 Sanders/Rozenberg (BSU) def. Modesto/Bridegroom (IUPUI) 6-1
No. 1 Moore/Wild (BSU) defeating Whyte and Swartwood (IUPUI) 5-4 (DNF)
No. 2 Courtney Wild (BSU) def. Swartwood (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Bethany Moore (BSU) def. Modesto (IUPUI) 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 Kristel Sanders (BSU) def. Bridegroom (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-0
No. 1 Courntey Earnest (BSU) def. Whyle (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Toni Ormond (BSU) def. Neff (IUPUI) 6-1, 7-5
No. 6 Anna Rozenberg (BSU) def. Brockman (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-2, 1-0(7)
The Eagles Sweep UNI in Neutral Site Dual Match; EMU won every singles match at the Baseline Tennis Center
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Eastern Michigan University tennis team took down the University of Northern Iowa in a non-conference clash at the Baseline Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The Eagles moved to 2-1 on the season after the 7-0 victory against the Panthers.
First in doubles, the team of Nino Mebuke (Tbilisi, Georgia-English-Spanish School) and Klara Supejova (Prague, Czech Republic-Sportovni Gymnazium Klandno) clobbered Erica Medlin and Jieke Stroobant, 6-0. Diana Daviataia (Tbilisi, Georgia-Cowley County Community College) and Maria Paula Ribero (Bucaramanga, Colombia) dropped the No. 2-doubles matchup, 6-2, but Zsofia Biro (Pecs, Hungary-Tasi Sport School) and Mariya Toncheva (Sport Scholl Vasil Levski) made up for it with a 6-1 win at No. 3-doubles, earning the Eagles the doubles point.
The Green and White swept the singles matches against UNI. Supejova defeated Medlin, 6-2, 6-0, while Davitaia was successful in No. 2-singles, earning a 6-3, 6-1 win over Stroobant, giving EMU a 3-1 lead. Mebuke won the No. 3-singles match versus Elvira Lopez in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (1), putting EMU up by three. Toncheva played at the 4-singles spot for Eastern and she took home a 6-4, 6-4 victory to move Eastern to a 5-1 lead and clinch the match. Daphne Friedrichs (Hufingen, Germany-Elisa Brandstrom Schule) won the five-singles match easily, topping Krissy Lankelma, 6-1, 6-1 and finally, Ribero took down Sydney Wolfe at the No. 6 spot to give Eastern their first 7-0 victory of the season.
"Despite getting outplayed at # 2 doubles today, I think we did a good job of playing with confidence," said Head Coach Ryan Ray. "We had a decent first weekend and know that our peak is ahead of us this semester, so we will look to improve each and every week."
The Green and White are off until Friday, Jan. 24, when they host Butler for the Eagles' first home match on the 2013-14 schedule. First serve is slated for 1 p.m. at the Chippewa Club in Ypsilanti, Mich.
1. Supejova/Mebuke def. Medlin/Stroobant (UNI) 6-0
2. Lopez/Santos (UNI) def. Davitaia/Ribero 6-2
3. Toncheva/Biro def. Lankelma/Wolfe (UNI) 6-1
1. Klara Supejova def. Erica Medlin (UNI) 6-2,6-0
2. Diana Davitaia def. Jieke Stroobant (UNI) 6-3,6-1
3. Nino Mebuke def. Elvira Lopez (UNI) 4-6,6-3,1-0(1)
4. Mariya Toncheva def. Astrid Santos (UNI) 6-4,6-4
5. Daphne Friedrichs def. Krissy Lankelma (UNI) 6-1,6-1
6. Maria Paula Ribero def. Sydney Wolfe (UNI) 6-1,6-2
Eastern Drops a 6-1 Decision to Golden Gophers; Klara Supejova came away with EMU's lone victory
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team fell in a dual match for the first time this season when the University of Minnesota topped EMU, 6-1, at the Baseline Tennis Center, Jan. 19. Klara Supejova (Prague, Czech Republic -Sportovni Gymnazium Klandno) was the only Eagle to swing a victory against the Big Ten Conference opponent.
Supejova swept Natalia Pintusava, 6-2, 6-4, in the No. 1-singles match, however the Green and White did not see another decision in their favor. Nino Mebuke (Tbilisi, Georgia-English-Spanish School) dropped the No. 2-singles match to the No. 65-ranked Tereza Brichakova, 6-2, 6-4. Mariya Toncheva (Burgas, Bulgaria-Sport Scholl Vasil Levski) fell at No. 3, Daphne Friedrichs (Hufigen, Germany-Elisa Brandstrom Schule) was upended at No .4, while Maria Paula Ribero (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Zsofia Biro (Pecs, Hungary-Tasi Sport School) dropped their matches at No. 5 and 6, respectively.
The Green and White struggled in doubles play as well, dropping all three matches. The No. 1-doubles squad of Mebuke and Supejova forced the team of Brinchikova and Jessika Mozia to a tiebreaker but eventually fell, 7-6 (3). Toncheva and Ribero dropped a 6-2 decision at No. 2-doubles, while Friedrichs and Biro were knocked off by Aria Lambert and Paula Rincon-Otero, 6-4.
"I thought we competed well in doubles today, but I'm disappointed with the singles performance as a whole," said Head Coach Ryan Ray. "We made too many errors out there and played too rushed. Our strength was at the top today, and Klara played a strong match to get a win. We will look to play cleaner tennis tomorrow."
The Eagles will stay overnight in Minneapolis for a dual match with the University of Northern Iowa Monday, Jan. 20, at the Baseline Tennis Center. First serve is slated for 10 a.m.
1. Brichikova/Mozia (Minn) def. Supejova/Mebuke 7-6(3)
2. Pintusava/Courter (Minn) def. Toncheva/Ribero 6-2
3. Lambert/Rincon-Otero (Minn) def. Friedrichs/Biro 6-4
1. Supejova def. Natalia Pintusava ( Minn) 6-2,6-4
2. #65 Tereza Brichakova (Minn) def. Mebuke 6-2, 6-4
3. Jessika Mozia (Minn) def. Toncheva 6-1,6-2
4. Julia Courter (Minn) def. Friedrichs 6-0,6-1
5. Aria Lambert (Minn) def. Ribero 6-1,6-2
6. Paula Rincon-Otero (Minn) def. Biro 6-1,6-0
Eagles Begin Spring with 5-2 Win at Detroit; Eastern swept the doubles matches
DETROIT, Mich. – The Eastern Michigan University women's tennis team started the season on the right foot with a 5-2 victory at the University of Detroit Friday, Jan. 17.
EMU swept the doubles matches with wins from the duos of Nino Mebuke (Tbilisi, Georgia-English-Spanish School) and Klara Supejova (Prague, Czech Republic-Sportovni Gymnazium Klandno), Diana Davitaia (Tbilisi, Georgia-Cowley County Community College) and Maria Paula Ribero (Bucaramanga, Colombia) and Daphne Friedrichs (Hufingen, Germany-Elisa Brandstrom Schule) and Mariya Toncheva (Burgas, Bulgaria-Sport Scholl Vasil Levski).
The top-three singles matches came out in favor of the Eagles. Supejova topped Viktoria Laskutova in three sets (3-6, 6-3, 1-0) while Davitaia knocked off Nino Sujashvili in straight sets (6-0, 6-4). Mebuke took down Irina Slizovskaya, 6-3, 6-1. Friedrichs won the other singles win from the Eagles. She defeated Valery Kulikovskaya (6-7, 6-1, 1-0).
"We played a solid Detroit team today," said Head Coach Ryan Ray. "I thought our doubles play was smooth. For a first match, you'll always take the win and look to get better each time."
The Eagles compete again Sunday, Jan. 19, when they head to Minneapolis, Minn. to take on the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota. First serve is scheduled for noon.
1. Mebuke/Supejova def. Sujashvili/Slizovskaya (UDM) 6-1
2. Davitaia/Ribero def. Kulikovskaya/Fernandes (UDM) 6-1
3. Toncheva/Friedrichs def. Halabi/Laskutova (UDM) 6-3
1. Supejova def. Laskutova (UDM) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)
2. Davitaia def. Sujashvili (UDM) 6-0, 6-4
3. Mebuke def. Slizovskaya (UDM) 6-3, 6-1
4. Davydova (UDM) def. Toncheva 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(9)
5. Friedrichs def. Kulikovskaya (UDM) 6-7(5), 6-1, 1-0(2)
6. Strakhova (UDM) def. Ribero 6-3, 6-2
Miami Wraps Up Purdue Invitational
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In the third and final day of the Purdue Invitational, the Miami University women’s tennis team faced Kansas in a one-set singles match. Miami won two of their six sets against the JayHawks.
RedHawk senior Christiana Raymond captured her set by a score of 6-3 over Kansas’ Maria Jose Cardona while senior Nimisha Mohan won her set 6-2 over Caroline Henderson.
Complete results from the Purdue Invitational are listed below. Miami returns to action for a dual match against Xavier on Jan. 27 in Hamilton, Ohio at the Riverside Athletic Club.
Day 3 Results:
Kansas vs. Miami (Ohio)
Christiana Raymond (Miami) def. Maria Jose Cardona (Kansas), 6-3
Maria Belen Ludena (Kansas) def. Andreea Badileanu (Miami), 6-1
Paulina Los (Kansas) def. Christine Guerrazzi (Miami), 6-1
Anastasija Trubica (Kansas) def. Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-1
Nimisha Mohan (Miami) def. Caroline Henderson (Kansas), 6-2
Morgan Barnhill (Kansas) def. Diana Suarez (Miami), 6-1
Miami Finishes Day 2 of Purdue Invite
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In the second day of tournament play at the Purdue Invitational, Miami participated in two rounds of singles action and one round of doubles competition. The RedHawks met Kansas for doubles action on Saturday morning before facing No. 27 Purdue and then the No. 70 Louisville in singles action.
Miami dropped their three doubles sets to the JayHawks to start out the morning. In singles play against Louisville, Miami senior Nimisha Mohan forced her match into a third set before falling to Rebecca Bodine by a score of 6-2, 4-6, 10-8. The Red and White lost their six singles sets to both Louisville and Purdue.
Miami will compete in the third and final day of the Purdue Invitational with a singles match against Kansas at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Day 2 Results:
Kansas vs. Miami (Ohio)
Maria Jose Cardona/Maria Belen Luduena (Kansas) def. Christine Guerrazzi/Andreea Badileanu (Miami), 6-3
Paulina Los/ Anastasija Trubich (Kansas) def. Christiana Raymond/ Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-2
Morgan Barnhill/Caroline Henderson (Kansas) def. Nimisha Mohan/Diana Suarez (Miami), 6-4
Miami (Ohio) vs. Louisville
Rebecca Shine (Louisville) def. Christiana Raymond (Miami), 6-4, 7-5
Julia Fellerhoffer (Louisville) def. Andreea Badileanu (Miami), 6-1, 6-0
Elle Stokes (Louisville) def. Christine Guerrazzi (Miami), 6-4, 6-2
Rebecca Bodine (Louisville) def. Nimisha Mohan (Miami), 6-2, 4-6, 10-8
Cassie Pough (Louisville) def. Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-2, 2-6, 10-5
Olivia Boesing (Louisville) def. Diana Suarez (Miami), 6-0, 6-1
Purdue vs. Miami (Ohio)
No.110 Mara Schmidt (Purdue) def. Christiana Raymond (Miami), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
Daniela Vidal (Purdue) def. Andreea Badileanu (Miami), 6-3, 7-6 (3)
Nicole Robinson (Purdue) def. Christine Guerrazzi (Miami), 6-3, 6-2
Krisztina Kapitany (Purdue) def. Nimisha Mohan (Miami), 6-2, 6-1
Andjela Djokovic (Purdue) def. Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-4, 6-0
Natalia Davila (Purdue) def. Diana Suarez (Miami), 6-3, 6-3
Miami Competes in Day 1 of Purdue Invite
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Miami University tennis finished competition on the first day of the Purdue Invitational with two rounds of doubles action and one round of singles play. RedHawk individuals competed in doubles play against No. 27 Purdue and in singles play against No. 70 Louisville.
Miami started the day off against Purdue, dropping all three doubles matches to the Boilermakers. In doubles play against Louisville, senior Nimisha Mohan and junior Christine Guerrazzi won their match against the Cardinals’ Manuela Velasquez and Rebecca Shine by a score of 6-4. Miami lost in their other two matches against the Cardinals.
Mohan, who did not compete during the fall portion of the team’s schedule due to an injury, won her singles match against Anastasija Trubica of Kansas by a score of 6-3, 7-5. Freshman Andrea Badileanu def. the Jayhawks’ Claire Dreyer, 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-5. Complete Miami results from Day 1 of the Purdue Invite are listed below.
Miami resumes play at the Purdue Invite at 9 a.m. on Saturday when they take on Kansas in doubles competition.
Day 1 Results:
Purdue vs. Miami
Mara Schmidt/Krisztina Kapitany (Purdue) def. Christina Raymond/Andreea Badileanu (Miami), 6-2
Lynda Xepoleas/Daniela Vidal (Purdue) def. Nimisha Mohan/Christine Guerrazzi (Miami), 6-4
Nicole Robinson/Natalia Davila (Purdue) def. Alix Thurman/Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-2
Miami vs. Louisville
Julia Fellerhoff/Elle Stokes (Louisville) def. Christina Raymond/Andreea Badileanu (Miami), 7-5
Nimisha Mohan/Christine Guerrazzi (Miami) def. Manuela Velasquez/Rebecca Shine (Louisville), 6-4
Olivia Boesing/Cassie Pough (Louisville) def. Alix Thurman/Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-4
Kansas vs. Miami (Ohio)
Maria Jose Cardona (Kansas) def. Christina Raymond (Miami), 6-1, 6-0
Maria Belen Ludueña (Kansas) def. Christine Guerrazzi (Miami), 6-2, 6-3
Andreea Badileanu (Miami) def. Claire Dreyer (Kansas), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 10-5
Paulina Los (Kansas) def. Alix Thurman (Miami), 6-1, 6-3
Nimisha Mohan (Miami) def. Anastasija Trubica (Kansas), 6-3, 7-5
Caroline Henderson (Kansas) def. Ramona Costea (Miami), 6-7 (2-7), 6-2, 10-7
Day 2 Schedule:
9 a.m. Purdue vs. Louisville; Kansas vs. Miami (doubles)
10 a.m. Purdue vs. Kansas (singles)
12 p.m. Miami vs. Louisville (singles)
3 p.m. Purdue vs. Miami (singles)
5 p.m. Kansas vs. Louisville (singles)
Rocket Women's Tennis Drop 7-0 Decision to Michigan State
EAST LANSING, MI - The Toledo women’s tennis team traveled to East Lansing, MI to face Michigan State in its second match of the weekend and fell 7-0 to the Spartans on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
"We were very close to taking the doubles point as well as three singles matches from MSU," head coach Tracy Mauntler said. "We need to get better at closing and winning the crucial points. I really think we learned a lot about our team this weekend and I feel confident that the players learned a lot from playing two tough teams so early in the season."
Sophomore Emily Mazzola (Chagrin Falls, OH) and junior Lexy Pitt (Atlanta, GA) recorded the Rockets’ only victory on the day, defeating MSU’s Catherine Parentau and Athena Trouillot 6-3 in No. 2 doubles.
In singles play, UT saw three players take their opponents to a third set before falling in close, hard fought matches.
Junior Pia Rygh (Oslo, Norway) lost in the second slot to Erin Faulkner 6-0, 6-7, 10-7, sophomore Katelyn Nguyen (Anaheim, CA) fell to Emily Meyers in No. 4 singles 2-6, 6-2, 10-6, and freshman Kayleigh Hall (San Clemente, CA) was defeated by Julianne Gruber in the No. 6 singles spot 3-6, 6-3, 10-8.
The Rockets will take on Duquesne on Friday, Jan. 24 in their first home match of the 2014 schedule.
MICHIGAN STATE 7, TOLEDO 0
Marina Bohrer/Erin Faulkner (MSU) def. Katelyn Nguyen/Pia Rygh (UT) 6-1
Emily Mazzola/Lexy Pitt (UT) def. Catherine Parenteau/Athena Trouillot (MSU) 6-3
Emily Meyers/Julianne Gruber (MSU) def. Mackenzie Bowman/Lauren Thai (UT) 6-4
Marina Bohrer (MSU) def. Chrissy Coffman (UT) 6-2, 6-3
Erin Faulkner (MSU) def. Pia Rygh (UT) 6-0, 6-7, 10-7
Olga Chernova (MSU) def. Emily Mazzola (UT) 6-1, 6-2
Emily Meyers (MSU) def. Katelyn Nguyen (UT) 2-6, 6-2, 10-6
Athena Trouillot (MSU) def. Mackenzie Bowman (UT) 6-2, 6-4
Julianne Gruber (MSU) def. Kayleigh Hall (UT) 3-6, 6-3, 10-8
Rockets' Rally Comes Up Short As They Fall in First Match of 2014 to Cincinnati
CINCINNATI, OH - The Toledo women’s tennis team couldn’t quite complete the comeback in its first match of the year as it fell to Cincinnati 4-3 on Friday, Jan. 17.
“This was a solid first match for us,” head coach Tracy Mauntler said. “I was proud of the fight we made after going down early and I saw some really good things that we can build on.”
The Rockets took one of three doubles matches as sophomore Emily Mazzola (Chagrin Falls, OH) and junior Lexy Pitt (Atlanta, GA) won No. 2 doubles 6-3, but the team trailed 1-0 going into singles play.
Toledo also picked up three singles wins from sophomores No. 4 Katelyn Nguyen (Anaheim, CA) and No. 5 Mackenzie Bowman (Bothell, WA), and No. 6 Pitt.
Nguyen recorded a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Cincinnati’s Katya Bure in the fourth spot, Bowman defeated Lauren Bellinger in No. 5 singles 7-5, 6-4, and Pitt finished off Hannah Willie in the sixth spot 7-5, 6-1.
The Rockets’ rally fell just one point short after Cincinnati claimed the first four points of the match.
In other singles action, senior Chrissy Coffman (Akron, OH) fell in the top slot to Kelly Poggensee-Wei 6-1, 6-3, junior Pia Rygh (Oslo, Norway) was edged 6-4, 6-4 by Ashleigh Witte, and Mazzola lost to Caitlin O-Gara 6-1, 6-3 on court No. 3.
UT will look to bounce back on Sunday, Jan. 19 in East Lansing, MI against Michigan State. Doubles action is scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m.
CINCINNATI 4, TOLEDO 3
1 - Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) def. Chrissy Coffman (UT) 6-1, 6-3
2 - Ashleigh Wiitte (UC) def. Pia Rygh (UT) 6-4, 6-4
3 - Caitlin O'Gara (UC) def. Emily Mazzola (UT) 6-1, 6-3
4 - Katelyn Nguyen (UT) def. Katya Bure (UC) 6-2, 7-5
5 - Mackenzie Bowman (UT) def. Lauren Bellinger (UC) 7-5, 6-4
6 - Lexy Pitt (UT) def. Hannah Wille (UC) 7-5, 6-1
1 - O'Gara/Poggensee-Wei (UC) def. Katelyn Nguyen/Pia Rygh (UT) 6-2
2 - Emily Mazzola/Lexy Pitt (UT) def. Witte/Bellinger (UC) 6-3
3 - Wille/Sullivan (UC) def. Lauren Thai/Mackenzie Bowman (UT) 6-4
INDIANA - The Western Michigan women's tennis team split its first two matches of the 2014 dual match season, falling 7-0 to the 21st-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish but sweeping the Valparaiso Crusaders 7-0 on Saturday. The Broncos open the dual match season with a 1-1 record as a result.
Caroline Aleck and Yuriko Ono each went 3-1 on the day, with the pair winning their respective singles matches against Valparaiso and winning a pair of doubles matches together. Aleck and Ono were the only Broncos to earn a win in the Broncos' loss to the Fighting Irish, combining to beat Quinn Gleason - who ranks #67 nationally in singles play - and Katherine White 7-5 in the No. 3 doubles match.
Aleck and Ono also earned a doubles win over Valparaiso's Angelina Goheen and Michele Fredlake in the nightcap, taking a perfect 6-0 decision in the No. 3 doubles match. Kathleen Hawkins and Nini Sujashvili beat Valparaiso's Kristin Zakiewicz and Kaitlyn Hamel 6-1 in No. 1 doubles, and Meika Ashby and Tracy Kuhle completed the sweep of the Crusaders in doubles play with a 6-2 decision over Megan Barthels and Paige Heuer in No. 2 doubles play.
The Broncos swept the full six-match singles slate against the Crusaders in the second team match of the day, shutting out Valparaiso to ensure the 7-0 decision. Aleck wrapped up her 3-1 day with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Barthels in the No. 4 singles match, while Ono finished up her day with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Morgan Paras in the No. 6 singles match. Sujashvili defeated the Crusaders' Kaitlyn Hamel 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 1 singles match, while Ashby earned her first dual match singles win of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Zakiewicz.
Kelsey King had a shutout win over Heuer, defeating her 6-0, 6-0 in No. 3 singles for one of the Broncos' most decisive singles wins of the day. Freshman Tracy Kuhle rounded out the win for the Broncos, downing Michele Fredlake 6-0, 6-1 in No. 5 singles.
1. #67 Quinn Gleason (ND) def. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4, 6-1
2. Jennifer Kellner (ND) def. Meika Ashby (WMU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Monica Robinson (ND) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Mary Closs (ND) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-1)
5. Julie Sabacinski (ND) def. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Molly O'Koniewski (ND) def. Yuriko Ono (WMU) 6-0, 6-4
1. #26 Jennifer Kellner/Monica Robinson (ND) def. Kathleen Hawkins/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) 6-4
2. Julie Sabacinski/Mary Closs (ND) def. Meika Ashby/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) 6-2
3. Caroline Aleck/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Quinn Gleason/Katherine White (ND) 7-5
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Kaitlyn Hamel (VALPO) 6-0, 6-3
2. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz (VALPO) 6-2, 6-2
3. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Paige Heuer (VALPO) 6-0, 6-0
4. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Megan Barthels (VALPO) 6-0, 6-2
5. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Michele Fredlake (VALPO) 6-0, 6-1
6. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Morgan Paras (VALPO) 6-0, 6-0
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Kristin Zakiewicz/Kaitlyn Hamel (VALPO) 6-1
2. Meika Ashby/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Megan Barthels/Paige Heuer (VALPO) 6-2
3. Caroline Aleck/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Angelina Goheen/Michele Fredlake (VALPO) 6-0