Bearcats Top UConn to Open American Championship Play|
April 17, 2014
CINCINNATI – The No. 8 seed University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team used two doubles victories and three singles wins to top No. 9 seed UConn 4-1 in the opening match of The American Women’s Tennis Championship in Tampa, Florida on Thursday morning.
The Bearcats started off with a win when sophomore Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and senior Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) defeated Srna Stosljevic and Lucy Nutting 8-4. The UC tandem both have a career high in doubles victories with a 15-8 mark. The duo of freshman Katya Bure (Springfield, N.J./Jonathan Dayton) and senior Carly Wilson (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) secured the doubles point for UC by picking up their fourth doubles win of the season when they took down Maxene Weinberg and Emma Alderman 8-4.
Cincinnati was able to win three of the four completed singles matches to wrap up their first opening round win in conference tournament play since 2005-06. Senior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) tied her career high in singles wins for a season with her 15th, topping Alderman 6-0, 6-4. The win also places the UC senior tied for 10th on the all-time career singles wins list with Lisa Diamond at 60.
Freshman Lauren Bellinger downed Jennifer Learmonth in the fifth position 6-0, 6-3. On court No. 1, Poggensee-Wei got the best of UConn’s 20-match winner Stosljevic when she won 7-6 (6), 6-2 to clinch a first round win for the Bearcats.
“We had great singles wins today from Kelly, Ashleigh and Lauren,” said head coach Angela Farley-Wilson. “Kelly was down 5-6 in the tiebreaker and battled back to win 8-6 which really gave her confidence for the second set. Ashleigh and Lauren both came out strong and played amazing in the opening set to jump ahead.”
The win improves UC’s record to 10-13 on the season while UConn drops its record to 8-12 on the year.
The Bearcats will face the top seeded Houston Cougars on Friday, April 18. The Cougars are ranked No. 39 nationally and come into the match with a 19-4 record. Doubles play will begin at approximately 8 a.m.