Story courtesy of Miami Sports Information
HAMILTON, Ohio -- Miami captured its third straight Mid-American Conference regular-season championship in undefeated fashion Saturday, defeating Buffalo 5-2 at the Riverside Racquet Club. The match was the final home appearance for four seniors, who finished their careers with a 31-1 league record.
The senior class of Sydnee Bridger, Cara Wald, Megan Martzolf and Anastasia Dracheva improved to 65-26 during their careers. The RedHawks (17-5, 8-0) will be the No. 1 seed at next week's MAC Championship, beginning defense of their 2009 and 2010 titles against the winner of Thursday's opening round match between Northern Illinois and Ball State.
The teams split the first two doubles matches. Dracheva and Wald capped their careers with an 8-3 win at No. 3, but Martzolf and Stephanie Danesis were defeated 8-6 at No. 1. They had held a 6-5 lead before dropping three straight games. The point rested on the heels of Riekie Honiball and Jessica Parr at No. 3 with the RedHawks bolting to a 7-3 lead. But Bulls Aleksandra Petrova and Kira Golenko won three straight and had two game points to even the match, but Honiball closed out her serve for the 8-6 win.
Singles play moved along quickly as Miami secured the team win in the first three matches to finish. Dracheva posted a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 1 before Martzolf took a 6-3, 6-1 decision at No. 3. Danesis clinched things with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2.
Buffalo (6-12, 2-6) earned its first point at No. 6 when Miranda Podlas captured a 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (11-9) win over Wald, but Nimisha Mohan added the the RedHawks' win with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 4. The final match went to Buffalo 6-4, 6-4.
"I think the girls did a great job after a tough match yesterday," Head Coach Anca Dumitrescu said. "They brought a lot of energy in the doubles and we got the point. It was nice to see Steph and Megan get a little revenge from yesterday. It was a well-deserved team effort and a great day for our seniors."