April 6, 2013
CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team topped California University of Pennsylvania 5-2 on Saturday afternoon to earn its fifth straight victory. Freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) collected two solid wins in singles and doubles action to lead the Bearcats.
“All of the matches today were tough” said head coach Angela Wilson. “The team showed a lot of fight and heart. It was a great match to prepare us for Pittsburgh tomorrow.”
The five straight wins for the Bearcats is the longest winning streak since the team won seven consecutive matches from March 14-April 10, 2009. The win improves UC to a 9-7 record this season, topping the eight victories it earned in 2012.
The Bearcats kicked off the match by winning on two of three doubles courts to take an early 1-0 lead. The duo of Poggensee-Wei and sophomore Kristina Georgieva (Varna, Bulgaria/Varna Sports School) dominated Cal. U’s Maxime Colen and Jade Pondicas 8-0 in the third position. Juniors Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) battled through a tight match before coming out on top with a 9-7 decision over Alexandra Borgenhoff and Ramona Czakon in the second slot.
In singles play, Cincinnati won on courts No. 3 through 6 to earn the victory. Freshman Hannah Wille (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway Central) downed Pondicas 6-2, 6-2 in the fifth position for her sixth consecutive singles victory. Poggensee-Wei picked up her team-leading 11th win of the season by topping Lucie Rey 6-4, 6-4 on court No. 4. Georgieva overcame a tight first set to win 7-6, 6-3 over Colen in the sixth hole while Witte came from down one set to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on court No. 3.
The Bearcats will be back in action on Sun., April 7 when they travel to BIG EAST foe Pittsburgh for an 11 a.m. match.
Cincinnati 5, California (Pa.) 2
California, Pa. – Roadman Park
1 Lucie Sipkova (CAL) def. Jasmine Lee (UC) 6-1, 6-3
2 Ramona Czakon (CAL) def. Caitlin O’Gara (UC) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Alexandra Borgenhoff (CAL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
4 Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) def. Lucie Rey (CAL) 6-4, 6-4
5 Hannah Wille (UC) def. Jade Pondicas (UC) 6-2, 6-2
6 Kristina Georgieva (UC) def. Maxime Colen (CAL) 7-6. 6-3
1 Rey/Sipkova (CAL) def. Lee/O’Gara (UC) 8-6
2 Witte/Sullivan (UC) def. Borgenhoff/Czakpn (CAL) 9-7
3 Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) def. Colen/Pondicas 8-0