Tennis Falls 6-1 to Miami (Ohio)
Junior Sierra Sullivan

Jan. 27, 2013

Final Stats

CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati tennis team earned its first point of the season, but fell 6-1 to Miami (Ohio) on Sunday evening.  Senior Caitlin O'Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) won 6-4, 2-6 (10-6) on the third court to put UC on the board for the first time during the dual season.

The RedHawks took a 1-0 lead after doubles action, winning on two courts to take the point.  UC's junior tandem of Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) and Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) powered their way to an 8-4 victory over Christiana Raymond and Alix Thurman in the second position. The duo had a slight 5-4 lead before winning three consecutive points to take the first doubles match.  The Bearcats were unable to hold on to the lead, however, as freshman Hannah Wille (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway Central) and junior Carly Wilson (Ft. Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) fell 8-2 to Chloe Heerden and Ana Rajkovic on court No. 3 and seniors Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) and O'Gara dropped an 8-3 decision to Christine Guerrazzi and Nimisha Mohan at the top spot.

Miami picked up another quick point to open singles play when Raymond topped Witte 6-2, 6-0 on the second court.  The RedHawks followed with two more points to secure the victory for MU.  Heerden topped Wilson 6-0, 6-1 on court No. 6 and Guerrazzi downed Wille 6-2, 6-0 at the fourth position to give Miami a 4-0 advantage.  The RedHawks recorded one more point when Mohan topped Lee 6-3, 6-3 at the top seed. 



The Bearcats got on the board with a 6-4, 2-6 (10-6) victory by O'Gara over Thurman at the No. 3 position.  O'Gara earned the first set win after surging to a 4-0 lead and hanging on for the 6-4 victory. Thurman evened the count with a 6-2 win in the second set to force a third set tie-break. O'Gara again took control, using her senior experience to pace herself to a 10-6 victory.

With every other point decided, all eyes turned to the fifth court where Sullivan battled Ramona Costea to a third set tie-break, but ultimately fell 6-1, 6-6 (4-7) (10-6).  Sullivan came from behind in the second set to force a tie-break where she dominated Costea to win the set.  In the third set tie-break she pushed through fatigue but could not hold off Costea who won 10-6.

The Bearcats will return to the court on Feb. 9 when they travel to Toledo, Ohio to take on the University of Toledo Rockets.  The time of the match is still to be determined. 

Jan. 27, 2013
Miami (Ohio) 6, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati, Ohio - Western Tennis and Fitness Club

No. 1 Nimisha Mohan (MU) def. Jasmine Lee (UC) 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 Christiana Raymond (MU) def. Ashleigh Witte (UC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 3 Caitlin O'Gara (UC) def. Alix Thurman (MU) 6-4, 2-6 (10-6)
No. 4 Christine Guerrazzi (MU) def. Hannah Wille (UC) 6-2, 6-0
No. 5 Ramona Costea (MU) def. Sierra Sullivan (UC) 6-1, 6-6 (4-7) (10-4)
No. 6 Chloe Heerden (MU) def. Carly Wilson (UC) 6-0, 6-1
Order of finish: 2, 6, 4, 1, 3, 5
No. 1 Guerrazzi/Mohan (MU) def. Lee/O'Gara (UC) 8-3
No. 2 Witte/Sullivan (UC) def. Raymond/Thurman (MU) 8-4
No. 3 Heerden/Rajkovic (MU) def. Wille/Wilson j(UC) 8-2
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1