Junior Ashleigh Witte clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win.
April 19, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 9 seeded University of Cincinnati tennis team cruised to a 4-0 win over No. 15 seed Villanova University in the backdraw of the BIG EAST Championship on Fri., April 19 in Tampa, Fla. The Bearcats will continue play on Sat., April 20 at 9 a.m. against No. 11 seed St. John’s.
UC dominated from start to finish in a match that only lasted one hour and forty minutes. Collectively, the Bearcats only lost one game in the entire match.
“The girls came out ready to play today” said head coach Angela Wilson. “They will need that same focus and determination tomorrow against a good St. John’s team.”
Cincinnati kicked off the day by posting a clean sheet in doubles action. Freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and sophomore Kristina Georgieva (Varna, Bulgaria/Varna Sports School) blanked Wesleigh Donadio and Anne Cognetti 8-0 on court No. 3 before juniors Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) topped Allison Kuse and Kate Pettee 8-0 in the second position.
The Bearcats carried their momentum through to singles play where Witte, Poggensee-Wei and freshman Hanna Wille (St. Louis, Mo./Parkway Central) all secured easy victories. Poggensee-Wei opened the scoring with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Pettee in the fourth position for her 14th singles win of the season. Wille earned the second UC win with a 6-0, 6-0 decision over Donadio in the fifth slot and Witte clinched the victory with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Kuse on court No. 3.
UC will look to keep its BIG EAST Championship run alive when it faces No. 11 seed St. John’s at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Andros Courts.
No. 9 Cincinnati 4, No. 15 Villanova 0
BIG EAST Championship
Tampa, Fla. – Andros Courts
No. 1 Jasmine Lee (UC) vs. Mikelle Mancini (VU) DNF
No. 2 Caitlin O’Gara (UC) vs. Tori Smyth (VU) DNF
No. 3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Allison Kuse (VU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) def. Kate Pettee (VU) 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Hannah Wille (UC) def. Wesleigh Donadio (VU) 6-0, 6-0
No. 6 Kristina Georgieva (UC) vs. Anne Cognetti (VU) DNF
Order of finish: 4, 5, 3
No. 1 Lee/O’Gara (UC) vs. Mancini/Smyth (VU) DNF
No. 2 Witte/Sullivan (UC) def. Kuse/Pettee (VU) 8-0
No. 3 Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) def. Donadio/Cognetti (VU) 8-0
Order of finish: 3, 2