MAC Women's Tennis Tournament Opens In Buffalo

Updated 4/24/2008

Story courtesy of University of Akron Athletic Media Relations 

BUFFALO, N.Y. ? The ninth-seeded University of Akron tennis team lost 4-1 to eighth-seeded Northern Illinois on Thursday in the first round of play in the Mid-American Conference Championship at Ellicott Tennis Center on the University at Buffalo campus.

The loss eliminated the Zips (5-15) from the tournament, while the Huskies (4-13) advance to take on top-seeded and nationally-ranked Western Michigan in Friday's quarterfinal round.

Akron took the early advantage by claiming the doubles point, behind victories at the first and third positions. The Zips tandem of Tanyaradzwa Gombera and Carolina Castro Cota downed Nao Umemura and Brooke Forsberg 8-4 at No. 1, while UA’s Jeremie Benjamin and Kerry Langworthy defeated Doris Delgadillo and Jenny Edner 8-4 at No. 3.

Northern Illinois rallied in singles play, winning at Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 6 in straight sets to clinch the match victory. Castro Cota lost 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2, Berry fell 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3, Alyssa Carlson was bested 6-2, 6-0 at No. 5 and Langworthy was defeated 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.

At the time the match was clinched, Gombera led 7-6 (8), 3-0 at No. 1 and Benjamin was ahead 3-6, 6-4, 2-0 at No. 4.

The MAC Championship runs through Sunday, with the winner earning an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

RESULTS

(8) Northern Illinois 4, (9) Akron 1


Doubles

1-Gombera/Castro Cota (UA) def. Umemura/Forsberg (NIU) 8-4
2-Asuje/Friedlund (NIU) led Berry/Carlson (UA) 6-5
3-Benjamin/Langworthy (UA) def. Delgadillo/Edner (NIU) 8-4

Singles
1. Tanyaradzwa Gombera (UA) led Nao Umemura (NIU) 7-6 (8), 3-0
2. Carolina Castro Cota (UA) lost to Lilian Asuaje (NIU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Lindsey Berry (UA) lost to Katie Friedlund (NIU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Jeremie Benjamin (UA) led Brooke Forsberg (NIU), 3-6, 6-4, 2-0
5. Alyssa Carlson (UA) lost to Jenny Edner (NIU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Kerry Langworthy (UA) lost to Doris Delgadillo (NIU) 6-1, 6-2