MAC Women's Tennis Scoreboard
Friday, Feb. 14
Bowling Green 6, Cleveland State 1
Nebraska 5, Eastern Michigan 2
Toledo 4, IPFW 3
Saturday, Feb. 15
Ball State 6, Cincinnati 1
Buffalo 7, Duquesne 0
Illinois State 6, Eastern Michigan 1
North Texas 6, Miami 1
Toledo 6, Bradley 1
Youngstown State 5, Akron 2
Sunday, Feb. 16
Ball State 6, IPFW 1
Buffalo 7, Niagara 0
Miami 4, SMU 1
Western Michigan 5, UIC 2
Western Michigan 7, Hillsdale College 0
Women's Tennis Falls 5-2 at Youngstown State
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Playing with an altered lineup due to injury, the Akron women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to Youngstown State on Saturday at Boardman Tennis Center. The Penguins (3-3) claimed the doubles point with victories at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions, then won at the first four flights of singles to claim match point.
In doubles, YSU's Margarita Sadovnikova and Marta Burak defeated Olga Shkundina and Shannon Newnes 8-5 at No. 1, while Annina Brendel and Dominika Lackova topped Martina Zerbola and Ksenia Berestetska 8-5 at No. 2.
Youngstown State pulled ahead 3-0 with wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles. Sadovnikova downed Karolina Maksimava 6-1, 6-3 at No. 1, and Burak bested an injured Shkundina at No. 2 who retired down 5-2 in the first set.
The Zips (7-2) made it 3-2 with victories at Nos. 5 and 6 singles. At the fifth flight, it was Berestetska over Nehel Sahni 6-2, 6-0, while Caroline Harpaintner get the best of Gimena Puppo 6-2, 6-4 at the sixth position.
The Penguins took match point with a 6-2, 6-4 win from Brendel over Zerbola at No. 3. Dominika Lackova overcame Newnes 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (8) at No. 4 to gain YSU's fifth point of the day.
UA's Madison Cohen was out of the lineup due to injury. She normally teams with Zerbola and the two have combined for a 5-0 mark in doubles this season.
"At some point I would love to see our actual lineup on the court," fourth-year UA head coach Brandon Padgett said. "Youngstown played very well today, and we didn't do enough to step up and play at the level it took to win."
Akron visits the Pacific Northwest next weekend to compete at Portland State on Friday and Oregon one day later. The Zips return home on Saturday, March 8 when they host Duquesne and Butler in a doubleheader. Those matches will begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.
Zips Notebook: Akron and Youngstown State were competing for the eighth-straight season ... today's loss snapped a seven-match win streak by the Zips in the all-time series versus the Penguins ... UA leads the series with YSU, 23-4 ... today marked the third-match in a five-match road swing for the Zips ... Senior Ksenia Berestetska improved her singles record to 8-1 ... UA's No. 1 doubles pair of junior Olga Shkundina and freshman Shannon Newnes suffered its first loss of the season and is now 4-1 ... Akron lost the doubles point for just the second time this season, also doing so in a 6-1 loss at Penn on Feb. 7.
Youngstown State 5, Akron 2
1. Margarita Sadovnikova/Marta Burak (YSU) def. Olga Shkundina/Shannon Newnes (UA) 8-5
2. Annina Brendel/Dominika Lackova (YSU) def. Martina Zerbola/Ksenia Berestetska (UA) 8-5
3. Carolyn Jesko/Nehel Sahni (YSU) vs. Karolina Maksimava/Caroline Harpaintner (UA) 6-5, DNF
1. Margarita Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Karolina Maksimava (UA) 6-1, 6-3
2. Marta Burak (YSU) def. Olga Shkundina (UA) 5-2, ret.
3. Annina Brendel (YSU) def. Martina Zerbola (UA) 6-2, 6-4
4. Dominika Lackova (YSU) def. Shannon Newnes (UA) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (8)
5. Ksenia Berestetska (UA) def. Nehel Sahni (YSU) 6-2, 6-0
6. Caroline Harpaintner (UA) def. Gimena Puppo (YSU) 6-2, 6-4
Order of finish:
Doubles – 2, 1
Singles – 2, 1, 5, 6, 3, 4
Women's Tennis Closes Weekend With 6-1 Win Over IPFW
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team completed a weekend sweep Sunday afternoon with a 6-1 victory over IPFW in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. The Cardinals have now won five in row improving their dual mark to 7-1 on the year while IPFW drops to 3-5 for the season.
The doubles tandem of Toni Ormond and Kristel Sanders gave the Cardinals their first doubles win of the day after defeating the Mastodons Miloslava Shustova and Emily Richardson 8-3 at the No. 2 spot. At No. 3 doubles Ashlyn Rang and Courtney Wild paired up for the 8-2 defeat over Carlota Trevino and Ella Norgren to claim the first point for Ball State.
The Cardinals headed into singles action with a 1-0 advantage over the Mastodons. Ball State took five of the six singles matches from IPFW. First off court two was Earnest who won in straight sets 6-1, 6-2 over Norgren. Ormond, Moore, Terashi and Rang then followed Earnest's lead and took their respective opponents down in two sets. Wild would put up a tough battle at No. 1 singles, after dropping the first set 7-5, Wild came back to win 6-3 in the second but would lose in the tie breaker.
The Ball State women's tennis team will continue its five-match homestand with a double-header Saturday, Feb. 22 against Marquette (12 p.m.) and Dayton (5 p.m.).
Women's Tennis Picks Up 6-1 Win Over Cincinnati
MUNCIE, Ind. - The Ball State women's tennis team netted a 6-1 win over Cincinnati in dual action Saturday afternoon in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. With the win the Cardinals improve their overall record to 6-1 while the Bearcats fall to 2-6 for the year. The win over Cincinnati marked the first win over the Bearcats in nearly a decade.
In doubles action, the Cardinals took all three matches from the Bearcats. Courtney Earnest and Bethany Moore paired up for an 8-6 defeat over Cailtlin O'Gara and Kelly Poggensee-Wei at the No. 1 position. Toni Ormond and Kristel Sanders followed suit beating Lauren Bellinger and Ashleigh Witte at No. 2 doubles. Courtney Wild and Ashlyn Rang would take down Katya Bure and Sierra Sullivan 8-5 at the No. 3 spot.
Heading into singles action up 1-0, Ball State continued the winning momentum taking five of the six singles matches from Cincinnati. Earnest, Ormond and Ayaka Terashi all won in their respective positions in straight sets. Sanders dropped her first set 3-6 over O'Gara but came back to win 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Moore also fell behind early but took sets two and three for the victory at the No. 5 spot.
Ball State women's tennis rounds out weekend play at home Sunday against IPFW at 3 p.m. in the Muncie YMCA Tennis Center. After this weekend, the Ball State women's tennis team will continue its five-match homestand with a double-header Saturday, Feb. 22 against Marquette (12 p.m.) and Dayton (5 p.m.).
Chiricosta Ties School Record as Falcons Win at CSU;
Senior moves into a tie for first on the BGSU career singles wins list
Senior Nikki Chiricosta tied a school record as the Bowling Green State University tennis team downed Cleveland State, 6-1, Friday night. The non-conference dual match was held at Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake, Ohio.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 4-1 in dual-match play this season, while dropping the Vikings to 1-6 on the year.
Chiricosta, a native of nearby Avon Lake, defeated CSU's Kara Sherwood at the top singles flight, for the 89th singles win of her Falcon career. She has moved into a tie for first place on that BG career list, matching the record set by her sister, Christine, three years ago.
Senior Emily Reuland and freshmen Hannah Drayton and Harley Hutchison each posted a pair of wins against the Vikings on Friday night, while Chiricosta and sophomores Katie Brozovich and Drew Fillis won one match apiece.
Fillis and Reuland teamed up for an 8-5 win over CSU's Alex Power and Princess Gbadamosi at the top doubles flight. The Falcons trailed early in that match, but won four-straight games to take a 6-3 lead and seize control.
At the third doubles flight, the Falcon freshman duo orchestrated an impressive comeback to give BG the initial point of the night. Drayton and Hutchison fell behind the Vikings' Mathilde Orange and Ellen Folkers by a 5-2 score, and the teams traded games until CSU had a 7-4 lead. But, Drayton and Hutchison proceeded to win three-straight games, then capture a tiebreaker for a well-earned victory.
The Vikings won at the middle flight, where Sherwood and Alex Bush topped Brozovich and Chiricosta by an 8-5 count. It marked the first loss in five dual matches for that BGSU doubles team.
In singles, however, the first five singles matches to finish all went BG's way. After losing in doubles, Brozovich made quick work of Gbadamosi in singles play, losing a total of just three games at the third flight. Brozovich won the opening set by a 6-2 score, then dropped just in game in her second-set win.
Brozovich is now 5-0 in singles matches and 9-1 overall in dual-match play this season to date. In her career, she now has a singles record of 25-2 in dual matches.
Drayton led early and often against Folkers. The BG freshman won her first set by a 6-0 score at the sixth flight, and Drayton won the first three games of the second set. After Folkers attempted to mount a comeback by taking the next two games, Drayton again won three-straight games to close out the match.
At the fifth singles flight, Hutchison burst out to a 5-0 lead en route to a 6-3 opening-set win over Victoria Bensimon. The second set was somewhat closer, as Bensimon had early leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the first-year Falcon quickly retook the lead and went on to a 6-4 win. Hutchison's victory gave BGSU the required fourth point needed for victory.
Reuland led early in her second-flight matchup with Bush, then fell behind by a 3-2 score. But, the senior co-captain reeled off four-straight games for a 6-3 first-set win. In the second set, Bush took a 2-0 lead, and still led by a 4-3 count before Reuland again finished strong by winning the last three games for a 6-4 decision.
The top flight saw Chiricosta make history. Her opening set with Sherwood was a back-and-forth affair. Chiricosta won the opening match, but Sherwood forged leads of 3-2 and 4-3. The Falcons' senior won the next two games for a 5-4 lead, though, before Sherwood came back to tie the set at 6-6. Chiricosta took control in the tiebreaker, however, winning it by a 7-4 score to capture the set.
In the second set, Chiricosta lost only one early game en route to a 6-1 win, the 89th singles victory of her BGSU career.
The Vikings' lone point came at the fourth flight, where Orange eked out a pair of 7-5 sets against Fillis.
Chiricosta now has 176 overall wins at BGSU, ranking second on that list. She is just two total wins away from tying her sister's record for combined career wins.
Reuland is near the top of all three of BG's wins lists as well. She now has 155 overall wins to rank fourth in school history. Reuland has moved into a tie for fourth place on the singles wins list, with 79, and she is fifth in doubles victories, with 76.
The Falcons will be in action in Cincinnati next weekend, playing two matches in as many days. BGSU will take on Xavier University on Friday night (Feb. 21), before facing the University of Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 22).
BGSU 6, CLEVELAND STATE 1
Fri., Feb. 14, 2014 – Paramount Tennis Club – Westlake, Ohio
1 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Kara Sherwood 7-6(4), 6-1
2 – Emily Reuland (BGSU) def. Alex Bush 6-3, 6-4
3 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Princess Gbadamosi 6-2, 6-1
4 – Mathilde Orange (CSU) def. Drew Fillis 7-5, 7-5
5 – Harley Hutchison (BGSU) def. Victoria Bensimon 6-3, 6-4
6 – Hannah Drayton (BGSU) def. Ellen Folkers 6-0, 6-2
1 – Fillis/Reuland (BGSU) def. Gbadamosi/Alex Power 8-5
2 – Bush/Sherwood (CSU) def. Chiricosta/Brozovich 8-5
3 – Hutchison/Drayton (BGSU) def. Folkers/Orange 8-7(2)
ORDER OF FINISH
Bulls Down Niagara For Second Sweep Of Weekend
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team completed their second straight 7-0 sweep this weekend on Sunday as they defeated Niagara at the Miller Tennis Center. The victory was UB's third straight as they improve to 4-1 on the season.
UB had its work cut out for them in doubles as they needed a comeback at third doubles to take the point. After seniors Tanvi Shah and Miranda Podlas won at first doubles, 6-3, the Purple Eagles won at second doubles to set up a winner take all contest at third doubles. Freshmen Margarita Kotok and Laura Holterbosch had to overcome a 4-3 deficit as they won the final three games to take the match, 6-4, and give UB the 1-0 lead in the match.
The Bulls then swept their way through singles as they won all six matches in straight sets. Kotok was the first to finish with a 6-4, 6-0 victory at third singles and Podlas followed up with a 6-2, 6-1 win at second singles. Senior Anamaria Candanoza then won at fourth singles, 6-1, 6-1, which clinched that match for the Bulls. However, UB wasn't done yet as it wanted to complete the sweep. Shah won at first singles, 6-0, 6-3 and senior Marta Stoyanova won her contest at sixth singles, 6-4, 6-4. Junior Laura Fernandez was the final Bull on court and she won a second-set tiebreaker to take her match, 6-2, 7-6 (2).
"We faced two very different opponents this weekend, but we got solid results on both days," said head coach Kristen Ortman Maines. "We showed good discipline in both singles and doubles and worked for our wins."
The Bulls will be on the road next weekend as they travel to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon. The Bulls defeated the Mountaineers last season.
1. Tanvi Shah/Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Sarah Hellstern/Paulia Velasquez (NIA), 6-3
2. Brooke Briseno/Maria Ortiz (NIA) def. Anamaria Candanoza/Laura Fernandez (UB), 6-3
3. Margarita Kotok/Laura Holterbosch (UB) def. Ashley Ta/Iva Celan (NIA), 6-4
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. Tanvi Shah (UB) def, Sarah Hellstern (NIA), 6-0, 6-3
2. Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Ashley Ta (NIA), 6-2, 6-1
3. Margarita Kotok (UB) def. Iva Celan (NIA), 6-4, 6-0
4. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) def. Brooke Briseno (NIA), 6-1, 6-1
5. Laura Fernandez (UB) def. Maria Oritz (NIA), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
6. Marta Stoyanova (UB) def. Paulina Valasquez (NIA), 6-4, 6-4
Order of Finish: 3,2,4,1,6,5
Bulls Sweep Past Duquesne, 7-0
BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo women's tennis team dominated its competition on Saturday afternoon, sweeping Duquesne, 7-0. The Bulls breezed through doubles and won all six singles matches in straight sets to improve to 3-1 on the year.
In doubles, the senior duo of Miranda Podlas and Tanvi Shah won at first doubles easily, 6-2. Also picking up a 6-2 victory at second doubles was Anamaria Candanoza and Laura Fernandez. The Bulls put their two freshman together at third doubles as Margarita Kotok and Laura Holterbosch won 6-1.
In singles, the Bulls took all six matches comfortably, beginning with a 6-2, 6-0 victory for Candanoza at fourth singles. Shah won next at first singles, followed by Podlas and Kotok winning at second and third singles, respectively. Senior Marta Stoyanova then won her match 6-3, 6-2 at sixth singles, while Fernandez completed the sweep with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win at fifth singles.
The Bulls return to action tomrrow at 11:00 am when they host Niagara at Miller Tennis Center.
1. Podlas/Shah def. Li/Shashura, 6-2
2. Candanoza/Fernandez def. Consonery/Miller, 6-2
3. Kotok/Holterbosch def. Wasson/Caravaggio, 6-1
Order of Finish: 1,2,3
1. Shah def. Li, 6-3, 6-2
2. Podlas def. Miller, 7-5, 6-1
3. Kotok def. Stelmaszak, 6-4, 6-3
4. Candanoza def. Consonery, 6-2, 6-0
5. Fernandez def. Shashura, 7-6 (4), 6-3
6. Stoyanova def. Caravaggio, 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 4,1,2,3,6,5
Eastern Comes Up Short Against Illinois State, 6-1; Klara Supejova was the only Eagle to win a singles match
LINCOLN, Neb. – After dropping a road dual with the University of Nebraska Friday, Feb. 14, the Eastern Michigan University tennis team squared off with Illinois State University Saturday, Feb. 15, in the same venue as the night before. The Eagles (6-5) however found themselves on the short end again, this time by way of a 6-1 decision, falling for the third-straight match in a row.
Daphne Friedrichs and Zsofia Biro started things off strong in doubles for the Green and White by dispatching Heather Nisbet and Kadi Llves by an easy 8-1 score at No. 3 doubles. The Redbirds then won the next two doubles matches as Maria Paula Ribero and Mariya Toncheva fell, 8-2, at the hands of Emmie Marx and Sierra Stone, while Nino Mebuke and Klara Supejova were upended, 8-6, at the No. 1 spot by Phyllis Tigges and Madie Baillon.
Supejova was the only bright spot for Eastern in the singles round, coming away with an easy, 6-1, 6-4, win over Marx in the No. 1-singles match. Eastern dropped the remaining five singles matches, as Mebuke took one set versus Tigges at the No. 2 spot and Biro took Llves to a third set, but both fell up just short of their opponent.
"We ran into a hot team today, and the performance on our side was not strong," remarked Head Coach Ryan Ray. "All we can do is get back to work and get better, and we will overcome this."
The Eagles are off until Tuesday, Feb. 25, when they travel south to take on Stetson University. The match will begin at 2:30 p.m. in DeLand, Fla.
1. Tigges/Baillon (ISU) def. Supejova/Mebuke 8-6
2. Marx/Stone (ISU) def. Toncheva/Ribero 8-2
3. Friedrichs/Biro def. Nisbet/Ilves (ISU) 8-1
1. Klara Supejova def. Emmie Marx (ISU) 6-1,6-4
2. Phyllis Tigges (ISU) def. Nino Mebuke 3-6,6-3,6-4
3. Carolina Abello (ISU) def. Mariya Toncheva 6-4,6-1
4. Sierra Stone (ISU) def. Daphne Friedrichs 6-2,6-1
5. Madie Baillon (ISU) def. Maria Paula Ribero 6-0,6-2
6. Kadi Ilves (ISU) def. Zsofia Biro 6-2,3-6,1-0(6)
Eastern Falls in 5-2 Decision Versus No. 49 Nebraska;
Davitaia and Mebuke won their singles matches for the Eagles
LINCOLN, Neb. – The Eastern Michigan University tennis squad dropped a road dual to the No. 49-ranked University of Nebraska Friday, Feb. 14. The Eagles took two matches overall, both of which were won in singles competition. With the loss, the Green and White drop to 6-4 on the young spring campaign.
The doubles competition started off the evening, as EMU's Mariya Toncheva and Maria Paula Ribero fell first at the No. 2-doubles spot. Maike Zeppernick and Izabella Zgierska knocked off the Eastern duo quickly, dispatching them by a tally of 8-1. Klara Supejova and Nino Mebuke then fell at the No. 1 spot, 8-6, as Maggy Lehmicke and Mary Hanna took down EMU's top squad. Daphne Friedrichs and Zsofia Biro were unable to finish their tangle with the Cornhuskers at No. 3-doubles after Nebraska won the first two doubles matches, taking a 1-0 lead.
EMU fared much better in singles competition, however it was unable to do enough to defeat the nationally ranked Cornhuskers. Ribero was defeated at No. 6-singles first when Hannah Sulz put down a 6-2, 6-1 win. Diana Davitaia was first to bring home a winning decision for the Eagles at No. 2-singles. Davitaia dispatched Zgierski fairly easily, 6-1, 6-4 before Mebuke's match at No. 3 was the next to be completed. The Tbilisi, Georgia native defeated Mary Hanna, 7-6, 6-2, knotting up the match at two wins apiece.
Nebraska regained the lead, 3-2, when the No. 80-ranked singles player in the country, Maggy Lehmicke, defeated Supejova in a hard fought, 7-5, 6-4 decision in the No.1-singles match. The Cornhuskers then took home the win when Zeppernick defeated Friedrichs in the No. 5 spot, 6-2, 7-5. The No. 4-singles matchup was the final one played in the competition and Toncheva came up on the short end of the three set, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 decision.
"This was over a four hour battle tonight," mentioned Head Tennis Coach Ryan Ray. "Again, we put ourself in a position to win against a strong opponent in Nebraska. However, they pulled out the final two close matches. We are playing close to the same level as good teams, and someday we will break out one of these close ones."
The Eagles continue their season Saturday, Feb. 15, when they play another match in Lincoln, Neb. at 3 p.m. CT. The Green and White will take on Illinois State University in a neutral site matchup at Nebraska's indoor tennis facility.
1. #80 Maggy Lehmicke (NEBRASKA) def. Klara Supejova (EMU) 7-5, 6-4
2. Diana Davitaia (EMU) def. Izabella Zgierska (NEBRASKA) 6-1, 6-4
3. Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Mary Hanna (NEBRASKA) 7-6 (7-2), 6-2
4. Lisa Andersson (NEBRASKA) def. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)
5. Maike Zeppernick (NEBRASKA) def. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) 6-2, 7-5
6. Hannah Sulz (NEBRASKA) def. Maria Paula Ribero (EMU) 6-2, 6-1
1. Maggy Lehmicke/Mary Hanna (NEBRASKA) def. Klara Supejova/Nino Mebuke (EMU) 8-6
2. Maike Zeppernick/Izabella Zgierska (NEBRASKA) def. Mariya Toncheva/Maria Paula Ribero (EMU) 8-1
3. Hannah Sulz/Lisa Andersson (NEBRASKA) vs. Daphne Friedrichs/Zsofia Biro (EMU) 4-5, unfinished
Miami Prevails Over No. 75 SMU, 4-1
DALLAS – Coming off a loss on Saturday, the Miami University women’s tennis team defeated No. 75 SMU on Sunday to finish the weekend trip on a high note. Miami lost in the doubles portion of the match but was able to secure four consecutive singles victories to clinch the win.
“Today was a great win for this team,” said associate head coach Ricardo Rosas following the match win. “It was a team effort and a very committed group of young ladies that believed to the end and played to win. This win was just the beginning of what this team is capable of doing. We just need to continue to work hard everyday and continue to think big.”
In doubles action, Miami lost at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to give SMU the doubles point. The two teams did not finish the No. 3 doubles match since the point had already been won by SMU.
In singles action, senior Nimisha Mohan won at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-2 and freshman Andreea Badileanu won 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. At No. 5 singles, junior Ramona Costea won 6-4, 6-4 while sophomore Ana Rajkovic won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 6 singles.
The No. 2 and No. 4 singles matches went unfinished due to Miami having clinched the match victory. Badileanu’s win at No. 3 singles improved her team-leading record to 6-1.
Miami continues its string of road matches next weekend when they travel to Richmond for a 1 p.m. match against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday. The RedHawks return home on Sunday, March 2 for a 10 a.m. match against Marshall.
1. Hristina Dishkova/Dasha Sharapova (SMU) def. Christine Guerrazzi/Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) 8-5
2. Macie Elliott/Yana Erkeeva (SMU) def. Andreea Badileanu/Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) 8-4
3. Holly Verner/Anna Kate Anderson (SMU) vs. Christiana Raymond/Ramona Costea (MIAMI) unfinished
1. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) def. Vaszilisza Bulgakova (SMU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Hristina Dishkova (SMU) vs. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) unfinished
3. Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) def. Yana Erkeeva (SMU) 6-2, 6-1
4. Dasha Sharapova (SMU) vs. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) unfinished
5. Ramona Costea (MIAMI) def. Anna Kate Anderson (SMU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) def. Macie Elliott (SMU) 6-0, 6-3
Miami Falls to No. 63 North Texas, 4-1
DENTON, Texas – In the first game of a two-match trip to Texas, the Miami University women’s tennis team fell to No. 63 North Texas, 4-1. Miami went winless on the doubles court while freshman Andreea Badileanu was the only RedHawk to win her match, downing her opponent 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.
The loss for the RedHawks (4-2, 0-0 MAC) was their second in the last three contests while North Texas (2-4, 0-0 C-USA) clinched their first home win of the season with the victory.
Following her singles victory Saturday, Badileanu improved her team-leading record to 5-1 so far this season.
The No. 1 doubles match involving junior Christine Guerrazzi and senior Nimisha Mohan was halted with North Texas on top 5-4 due to the points having already been decided. Junior Ramona Costea’s No. 5 singles bout and sophomore Ana Rajkovic’s No. 6 singles match were halted in the third set due to the entire match having been decided at that point.
Miami returns to play Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they head to SMU for more match play.
Bardabush\Sprinkmeyer (NT)vs.Guerrazzi\ Mohan(M) 5-4, DNF
Galieva\Thoma(NT) def. Badileanu\ Rajkovic(M) 8-1
Joubert\Valenzuela (NT) def. Raymond\ Costea (M) 8-3
Kseniya Bardabush def. Christiana Raymond 6-4, 6-0
Anastasiya Shestakova def. Nimisha Mohan 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
Andreea Badileanu def. Kamilla galieva 6-1, 6-3
Agustina Valenzuela def. Christine Guerrazzi 6-4, 6-4
Ramona Costea v. Alexis Thoma 2-6, 6-3, 3-3 DNF
Ana Rajkovic v. Ana Sofia Cordero 2-6, 6-4, 1-0
Rockets Win Second Match of the Weekend, Defeating Bradley 6-1
FORT WAYNE, IN - The Toledo women’s tennis team won for the second time this weekend, defeating Bradley 6-1 on Saturday, Feb. 15 in Fort Wayne, IN.
“I feel like we controlled this match from start to finish,” head coach Tracy Mauntler said. “The best part about this team is that we have players stepping up from all different places in the lineup. Our depth is what will make us successful this season.”
The Rockets won all but one match on the day, including all three doubles matchups.
Junior Pia Rygh and sophomore Katelyn Nguyen scored their second victory of the weekend in No. 2 doubles, recording a 8-0 sweep, and improving to 6-2 on the year.
Junior Lexy Pitt and sophomore Emily Mazzola rebounded from a loss on Friday, narrowly earning an 8-7 win in No. 1 singles. Sophomore Mackenzie Bowman and freshman Lauren Thai also made up for their loss on Friday, winning 8-5 in the No. 3 doubles spot.
In singles competition, senior Chrissy Coffman improved to 5-3 in No. 1 singles, winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-2.
Nguyen also earned a singles victory in the No. 2 slot, winning 6-4, 6-4, while Rygh, Pitt and Bowman were victorious in No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
Pitt’s singles win boosted her record to 6-1 on the year.
The Rockets will travel to Cleveland on Saturday, Feb. 22 for a match against Cleveland State before their spring break trip to Palmas del Mar, Puerto Rico.
Toledo 6, Bradley 1
1. Lexy Pitt/Emily Mazzola (TOL) def. Adele Henke/Ashley Thai (BRAD) 8-7
2. Katelyn Nguyen/Pia Rygh (TOL) def. Carly Miles/Sarah Rodefeld (BRAD) 8-0
3. Mackenzie Bowman/Lauren Thai (TOL) def. Cassia Wojtalik/Ariel Dechter (BRAD) 8-5
1. Chrissy Coffman (TOL) def. Adele Henke (BRAD) 6-1, 6-2
2. Katelyn Nguyen (TOL) def. Ariel Dechter (BRAD) 6-4, 6-4
3. Ashley Thai (BRAD) def. Emily Mazzola (TOL) 6-4, 5-7, 10-6
4. Pia Rygh (TOL) def. Sarah Rodefeld (BRAD) 6-1, 6-1
5. Lexy Pitt (TOL) def. Cassia Wojtalik (BRAD) 6-1, 6-0
6. Mackenzie Bowman (TOL) def. Carly Miles (BRAD) 6-3, 6-2
Pia Rygh Wins Third Set Tiebreaker; Rockets Beat IPFW 4-3
FORT WAYNE, IN - The Toledo women's tennis team improved to 4-3 on the season, defeating IPFW 4-3 on Friday, Feb. 14 at Pine Ride Racquet and Fitness in Fort Wayne, IN.
"We did a great job rallying after losing the doubles point," head coach Tracy Mauntler said. "IPFW played us very tough. I'm so proud of Pia and the way she stepped up for us today."
Junior Pia Rygh and sophomore Katelyn Nguyen recorded the only victory in doubles play, winning a tough No. 2 matchup 8-6. The duo has won the last three of four matches dating back to its Jan. 31 matchup against IUPUI.
Junior Lexy Pitt and sophomore Emily Mazzola fell in a hard fought 8-7 decision in No. 1 singles, while sophomore Mackenzie Bowman and freshman Lauren Thai were handed their first loss since Jan. 17 in the No. 3 slot.
Heading into singles play down 1-0, the Rockets went on a tear as Nguyen, sophomore Emily Mazzola and junior Lexy Pitt won No. 2, No. 3 and No. 5 singles, respectively.
Nguyen improved to 5-2 in singles play this season with a 6-1, 6-3, straight-set victory. Mazzola also won in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1.
In No. 5 singles, Pitt handled the first set 6-1, but suffered a 6-3 setback in set No. 2, before recovering for another 6-1 set victory.
The match came down to Rygh's No. 4 singles matchup against IPFW's Miloslava Shustova. Shustova won the first set 3-6, but Rygh battled back in the next two sets, winning each in a tiebreak. It was Rygh's first singles victory of the year.
The Rockets will look to take this momentum into their matchup on Sunday against Bradley. The match is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.
Toledo 4, IPFW 3
1. Mayu Sato (IPFW) def. Chrissy Coffman (TOL) 7-6, 6-1
2. Katelyn Nguyen (TOL) def. Ella Norgren (IPFW) 6-1, 6-3
3. Emily Mazzola (TOL) def. Sofia Sorokina (IPFW) 6-2, 6-1
4. Pia Rygh (TOL) def. Miloslava Shustova (IPFW) 3-6, 7-6, 7-6
5. Lexy Pitt (TOL) def. Marcy Huck (IPFW) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
6. Carlota Trevino (IPFW) def. Mackenzie Bowman (TOL) 3-6, 7-6, 6-4
1. Marcy Huck/Mayu Sato (IPFW) def. Emily Mazzola/Lexy Pitt (TOL) 8-7
2. Pia Rygh/Katelyn Nguyen (TOL) def. Miloslava Shustova/Emily Richardson (IPFW) 8-6
3. Carlota Trevino/Ella Norgren (IPFW) def. Mackenzie Bowman/Lauren Thai (TOL) 8-6
Women's Tennis Closes Homestand With DH Sweep
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan women's tennis team warpped up a successful eight-match homestand with a doubleheader sweep on Sunday, downing the Illinois-Chicago Flames 5-2 in the early match and defeating the Hillsdale College Chargers 7-0 in the nightcap. With the wins, the Broncos improve to 8-2 overall on the season, and have won five straight matches.
The Broncos were perfect 6-0 in doubles play on Sunday, sweeping the sessions against both the Flames and the Chargers, and three players went a perfect 2-0 in singles play as well; Nini Sujashvili, Kathleen Hawkins, and Tracy Kuhle all finished with 4-0 records on the day.
The doubles session against the Flames began with a convincing 6-1 win in the No. 1 match, as Hawkins and Caroline Aleck cruised past Natalia Kuvakina and Mariana Palacios. Meika Ashby and Yuriko Ono clinched the doubles point with a 6-2 decision over Jana Knoppe and Kathryn Sharples in the No. 2 doubles match, and Sujashvili and Kuhle completed the sweep with a win over Keti Mebuke and Veronica Lacerda.
WMU got its second point of the match mere moments into the singles session, when Kuvakina withdrew from her match with Hawkins due to injury just three games in. Kuhle worked her way past Lacerda 6-1, 6-3 in the No. 6 singles match to give the Broncos a 3-0 edge, and Sujashvili clinched the match win with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Palacios at No. 1. Ashby picked up the last victory of the match for the Broncos, surviving a first set tiebreaker with Sharples to win the No. 3 singles match 7-6 (5), 7-5.
The Broncos flew through the doubles session with the Chargers, taking all three matches in a matter of 30 minutes. Aleck and Sujashvili teamed up to take the first match, beating Dana Grace Buck and Lindsay Peirce 6-1 in the No. 2 doubles match, and Ono and Kuhle won the No. 3 doubles match to give the Broncos the point. Hawkins and Ashby recorded the final win of the doubles session, beating Morgan and Sydney Delp by a 6-1 score in the No. 1 singles match.
Sujashvili notched the first win in the singles session, beating Morgan Delp in the No. 1 singles match to give the Broncos a 2-1 advantage. Ono was similarly dominant in her only singles match of the day, beating Rachel Blaauw 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 6 match to make it 3-0. Kelsey King clinched the team win with a 6-0, 6-1 score in the No. 5 singles match, beating Jada Bissett to assure the Broncos' victory. Aleck dispatched of Buck 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 3 singles match, Kuhle took a tight first set with Peirce en route to a 6-4, 6-2 win, and Hawkins closed the day with a straight-sets win over Sydney Delp to finish the shutout.
Western Michigan 5, UIC Flames 2
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Mariana Palacios (UIC) 6-4, 6-3
2. #117 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 3-0, retired
3. Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-5
4. Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Caroline Aleck (WMU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7)
5. Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Kelsey King (WMU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Veronica Lacerda (UIC) 6-1, 6-3
1. Caroline Aleck/Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Natalia Kuvakina/Mariana Palacios (UIC) 6-1
2. Meika Ashby/Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Jana Knoppe/Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 6-2
3. Nini Sujashvili/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Keti Mebuke/Veronica Lacerda (UIC) 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,1,5,4,3)
Western Michigan 7, Hillsdale College 0
1. Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Morgan Delp (HC) 6-0, 6-1
2. #117 Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Sydney Delp (HC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Dana Grace Buck (HC) 6-0, 6-3
4. Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Lindsay Peirce (HC) 6-4, 6-2
5. Kelsey King (WMU) def. Jada Bissett (HC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Yuriko Ono (WMU) def. Rachel Blaauw (HC) 6-1, 6-0
1. Kathleen Hawkins/Meika Ashby (WMU) def. Morgan Delp/Sydney Delp (HC) 6-1
2. Caroline Aleck/Nini Sujashvili (WMU) def. Dana Grace Buck/Lindsay Peirce (HC) 6-1
3. Yuriko Ono/Tracy Kuhle (WMU) def. Jada Bissett/Rachel Blaauw (HC) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,6,5,3,4,2)