April 13, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team fell behind early and could not catch up to No. 73 DePaul University, losing 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center.
Junior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) earned the only Bearcats’ victory of the match, topping Ana Vladutu 6-4, 6-1 in the third position. The win was the 12th singles win of the season and the seventh in a row for Witte.
The Blue Demons grabbed a victory on all three courts in doubles action to take an early 1-0 lead. On court No. 1, seniors Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) and Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) fell 8-7 to Matea Cutura and Ana Vladutu while Witte and junior Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) lost 8-2 to Jasmin Kling and Patricia Fargas in the second position. On court No. 3, freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and sophomore Kristina Georgieva (Varna, Bulgaria/Varna Sports School) found themselves behind 6-0 before staging a furious comeback to get within 7-5. It would not be enough, however, as Carolin Neumann and Kelsey Lawson came away with an 8-5 victory to clinch the doubles point for DePaul.
In singles play, Lee fell 6-0, 6-4 to Cutura, the No. 91 nationally ranked singles player, as the top seed. O’Gara lost 6-1, 6-0 to Fargas on court No. 2, Poggensee-Wei dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision to Lawson in the fourth slot and freshman Hannah Wille (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway Central) lost 6-4, 6-0 in the fifth position. Georgieva, playing against Zaina Sufi on court No. 6, forced a first set tiebreak which saw both contestants battle hard throughout. Sufi eventually topped Georgieva 12-10 and went on to win the match 7-6 (12-10), 6-2.
The Bearcats will close out the regular season with a match against conference foe Marquette on Sun., April 14 at 11 a.m. at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center. It will be the final match before the team heads to the BIG EAST Championship April 18-21 in Tampa, Fla.
DePaul 6, Cincinnati 1
Cincinnati, Ohio – Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center
1 No. 91 Matea Cutura (DPU) def. Jasmine Lee (UC) 6-0, 6-4
2 Patricia Fargas (DPU) def. Caitlin O’Gara (UC) 6-1, 6-0
3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Ana Vladutu (DPU) 6-4, 6-1
4 Kelsey Lawson (DPU) def. Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) 6-0, 6-3
5 Jarret Fisher (DPU) def. Hannah Wille (UC) 6-4, 6-0
6 Carolin Neumann (DPU) def. Kristina Georgieva (UC) 7-6 (12-10), 6-2
Order of finish: 2, 4, 3, 1, 5, 6
1 Cutura/Vladutu (DPU) def. Lee/O’Gara (UC) 8-7
2 Kling/Fargas (DPU) def. Witte/Sullivan (UC) 8-2
3 Neumann/Lawson (DPU) def. Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) 8-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 1