Tennis Narrowly Edged by RedHawks

Feb. 1, 2014

Final Stats

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team lost a heartbreaker to in-state rival Miami (Oh) by a score of 4-3 Saturday afternoon on the road. 

The Bearcats opened the day by earning the doubles point with victories in two of the three matches. Sophomore Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and senior Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) took down the duo of Christine Guerrazzi and Ana Rajkovic 6-2 to open action. Senior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and freshman Lauren Bellinger (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) then gave Cincinnati the 1-0 lead when they defeated the tandem of Nimisha Mohan and Andreea Badileanu 6-3.

During singles action Ana Rajkovic of the RedHawks tied the match up at one when she defeated senior Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/The Khabele School) 6-3, 6-0 on court No. 6. Miami earned the next two points and pushed the lead to 3-1 when they picked up wins from Ramona Costea over freshman Katya Bure (Springfield, N.J./Jonathan Dayton) in a 6-2, 6-3 final and Nimisha Mohan against Bellinger by a 6-4, 6-2 score.

Cincinnati returned the favor, tying the match at three after Witte beat Christine Guerrazzi 6-2, 6-2 and Poggensee-Wei won in three sets again Christiana Raymond 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (2). The deciding match then fell to O’Gara who battled back from an opening set, 6-1 loss, nearly forcing a tie break before falling 7-5 to Andreea Badileanu.

The Bearcats fall to 1-4 on the season with the loss while the RedHawks move to 3-0. Cincinnati will take their act on the road next Sunday, February 9, when they go up against the No. 65 Louisville Cardinals. Doubles will begin at 2 p.m. in Bass-Rudd Tennis Center.          



Miami University 4, Cincinnati 3
2/1/2014 at Hamilton, Ohio (Riverside Athletic Club) 

Singles competition
1. Kelly Poggensee-Wei (CINCY) def. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-2)
2. Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) def. Caitlin O?Gara (CINCY) 6-1, 7-5
3. Ashleigh Witte (CINCY) def. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 6-2, 6-2
4. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) def. Lauren Bellinger (CINCY) 6-4, 6-2
5. Ramona Costea (MIAMI) def. Katya Bure (CINCY) 6-2, 6-3
6. Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) def. Sierra Sullivan (CINCY) 6-3, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Kelly Poggensee-Wei/Caitlin O?Gara (CINCY) def. Christine Guerrazzi/Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) 6-2
2. Ashleigh Witte/Lauren Bellinger (CINCY) def. Nimisha Mohan/Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) 6-3
3. Ramona Costea/Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) def. Katya Bure/Sierra Sullivan (CINCY) 6-1
Match Notes
Cincinnati 1-4
Miami University 3-0
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,5,4,3,1,2)