Tennis Drops Heartbreaker on Senior Day
gobearcats.COM Senior Jasmine Lee picked up two wins on senior day.
Senior Jasmine Lee picked up two wins on senior day.

April 14, 2013

Final Stats

CINCINNATI –The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team fell 4-3 to Marquette on Sunday at the Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center in a match that lasted four hours and 50 minutes. The team celebrated senior day and honored senior Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) in a prematch celebration.

With the score tied at 3-3 late in the match, all eyes turned to court No. 5 where freshman Hannah Wille (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway Central) was playing Marquette’s Ali Dawson. Wille won the first set, dropped the second and found herself down 4-1 in the third when she fought her way back, taking a 6-5 lead. Dawson won the next game to force a tiebreak, the second of the match for the duo. Wille eventually lost 7-2 in the tiebreak for a final score of 6-7 (4-7), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2).

The Bearcats showed a lot of fight during a hotly contested doubles contest that saw every team come from behind to grab a victory. Lee and senior Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) were down 4-3 to Dawson and Aina Hernandez Soler on court No. 1 before mounting a furious comeback to win five consecutive games and score an 8-4 victory. Juniors Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) followed with a 9-8 win over Erin Gebes and Ana Pimienta 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 down 6-3 to Rocio Diaz and Aleeza Kanner before locking down and earning four straight wins to take a 7-6 lead. Marquette tied the score at 8-8 to force a tiebreak where Poggensee-Wei and Georgieva dominated to earn the 9-8 victory. The three doubles victories gave UC an early 1-0 match lead heading into singles action.

Witte kicked off singles play with an easy 6-0, 6-2 victory over Hernandez Soler in the third position. The win gave UC a 2-0 lead and set up a back-and-fourth affair between the two teams. After Witte’s win, Marquette tied the score with two singles wins of its own. Vanessa Foltinger beat UC’s Georgieva 6-2, 6-1 in the sixth position while Gebes topped O’Gara 6-4, 6-3 on court No. 2. With the score tied at 2-2, Lee pulled out a victory as the top seed, winning 6-4, 6-2 on her senior day to put Cincinnati ahead 3-2.

Both of UC’s freshmen, Poggensee-Wei and Wille, surged ahead to win the first set, dropped the second and were playing in a third with the match on the line. Poggensee-Wei battled tough on court No. 4 before eventually falling to Diaz 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 before Wille fell to Dawson to end the match.

The Bearcats end the regular season with a 10-10 record and a 2-5 record in BIG EAST play. The Bearcats will next head to Tampa, Fla., for the BIG EAST Championship hosted by USF on April -21. The team will learn its seed for the tournament on Mon., April 15.

Marquette 4, Cincinnati 3
Cincinnati, Ohio – Trabert-Talbert Tennis Center
1 Jasmine Lee (UC) def. Ana Pimienta (MU) 6-4, 6-2
2 Erin Gebes (MU) def. Caitlin O’Gara (UC) 6-4, 6-3
3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Aina Hernandez Soler (MU) 6-0, 6-2
4 Rocio Diaz (MU) def. Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5 Ali Dawson (MU) def. Hannah Wille (UC) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 7-6 (7-2)
6 Vanessa Foltinger (MU) def. Kristina Georgieva (UC) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish: 3, 6, 2, 1, 4, 5
1 Lee/O’Gara (UC) def. Dawson/A. Hernandez Soler (MU) 8-4
2 Witte/Sullivan (UC) def. Gebes/Pimienta (MU) 9-8
3 Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) def. Diaz/Kanner (MU) 9-8
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3