Women's Tennis Drops First Round Matchup with Rutgers at BIG EAST Championship|
April 19, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. - The No. 9 seed University of Cincinnati women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to No. 8 seed Rutgers on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship at USF Varsity Courts on South Florida's campus.
The Bearcats battled Rutgers in doubles play but dropped two out of the three matches which allowed Rutgers to secure the doubles point. Sierra Sullivan and Carly Wilson came away victorious in a 9-7 decision against Stefania Balasa and Satreethai Sasinin which is the duo's third doubles victory of the season. The Scarlet Knights evened the doubles score at one apiece when Morgan Ivey and Lindsay Balsamo took down UC's Kristina Georgieva and Safiyya Ismail, 8-1. In the No. 1 doubles position, Jasmine Lee and Ashleigh Witte squared off against Jennifer Holzberg and Vanessa Petrini in a highly-competitive contest where RU came away victorious with an 8-6 decision which allowed them to capture the doubles point.
Singles play produced a number of hotly-contested matches as well with Cincinnati and Rutgers splitting the action three games apiece. Three of the six matches went to three sets with the Scarlet Knights winning two of those three. Jasmine Lee fell 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 to Vanessa Petrini, with Safiyya Ismail topping Lindsay Balsamo in three sets in a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 decision.
Sierra Sullivan turned in a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Stefania Belasa, while Krisitna Georgieva dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision against Jennifer Holzberg. Carly Wilson was able to capture victory with a quick, 6-2, 6-3 decision over Satreethai Sasinin.
The outcome of the match came down to a battle between Ashleigh Witte and Rutgers' Morgan Ivey. The match was back and forth with Witte claiming the first set, 6-4, and Ivey taking the second set, 7-6 (15). The attention turned to the match-deciding third set where Witte got off to a slow start and fell 6-1 to allow Ivey to secure victory in a 4-6, 7-6 (15), 6-1 decision which gave Rutgers the 4-3 win.
The Bearcats return to action tomorrow, April 20, in BIG EAST Championship consolation play when they face No. 12 seed Seton Hall at 3 p.m.