April 12, 2013
CINCINNATI –The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 heartbreaker to Marshall University on Friday afternoon at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center on the UC campus. The loss ended Cincinnati’s six-match win streak.
The Bearcats picked up three singles wins from senior Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick), freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and junior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West). O’Gara got UC on the board first with a 6-2, 6-4 win over MU’s Dana Oppinger in the second position. Both Poggensee-Wei and Witte won their first sets, dropped the second and withstood Marshall rallies to win in three. Poggensee-Wei beat Kai Bloomfield 7-5, 4-6, 10-6 in a third set tie break on court No. 4 while Witte downed Maria Voscekova 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 on court No. 3. The win was the 10th of the season for O’Gara, the 11th for Witte and the team-leading 13th for Poggensee-Wei. Witte has now won six matches in a row while Poggensee-Wei has won seven straight.
The Thundering Herd took the doubles point with wins on all three courts. Senior Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) and O’Gara fell 8-1 to Dominika Zapranza and Kara Kucin in the top position, Witte and junior Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) lost 8-6 to Voscekova and Ellie Ball in the second slot and Poggensee-Wei and sophomore Kristina Georgieva (Varna, Bulgaria/Varna Sports School) fell 8-5 to Oppinger and Karlyn Timko in the third spot.
In other singles action, Lee was beat by Zapranza 6-3, 6-1 as the first seed, freshman Hannah Wille fell to Ball 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 on court No. 5 and Georgieva lost to Kucin 6-2, 6-1 in the sixth position.
The Bearcats are back in action tomorrow, Sat., April 13, with a match against No. 73 DePaul University. Doubles action will begin at 1 p.m. at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center.
Marshall 4, Cincinnati 3
April 12, 2013 – Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center
1 Dominika Zapranza (MAR) def. Jasmine Lee (UC) 6-3, 6-1
2 Caitlin O’Gara (UC) def. Dana Oppinger (MAR) 6-2, 6-4
3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Maria Voscekova (MAR) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
4 Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) def. Kai Broomfield (MAR) 7-5, 4-6, 10-6
5 Ellie Ball (MAR) def. Hannah Wille (UC) 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
6 Kara Kucin (MAR) def. Kristina Georgieva (UC) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 1, 6, 5, 2, 4, 3
1 Zapranza/Kucin (MAR) def. Lee/O’Gara (UC) 8-1
2 Voscekova/Ball (MAR) def. Witte/Sullivan (UC) 8-6
3 Timko/Oppinger (MAR) def. Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) 8-5
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3