April 20, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 9 seeded University of Cincinnati tennis team won its second consecutive match in BIG EAST Championship play when it swept No. 11 St. John’s 4-0 on Sat., April 20 in Tampa, Fla. Three Bearcats earned singles victories in the win, including senior Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) who clinched the match for UC. The Bearcats will conclude play at the BIG EAST Championship on Sun., April 21 when they face No. 7 Georgetown at noon. The winner of the match will finish the tournament in ninth place.
“This was a good win for our team” said head coach Angela Wilson. “Everyone contributed today. We will need the same focus and teamwork tomorrow against Georgetown to pull out a win.”
One day after blanking No. 14 Seton Hall, Cincinnati again did not allow a point, sweeping No. 11 St. John’s 4-0. The Bearcats started the match with a strong doubles showing, winning on courts No. 2 and 3. Freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and sophomore Kristina Georgieva (Varna, Bulgaria/Varna Sports School) won 8-1 over Terri Thomas and Diamond Adams in the third position before the junior duo of Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) and Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/Khabele School) topped Yanita Arnaudova and Gvantsa Robakidze 8-4 as the second seed. O’Gara and senior Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) did not finish their match on court No. 1. The two wins put UC ahead 1-0 heading into singles play.
Poggensee-Wei and Georgieva each earned swift singles victories for the Bearcats, giving UC a 3-0 lead. Poggensee-Wei beat Ksenia Mikhaylova 6-3, 6-1in the fourth position and Georgieva disposed of Thomas 6-1, 6-0 in the sixth slot.
O’Gara found herself in a deep hole against Adams after losing the first set 6-0, but quickly turned her fortune around. She responded from her slow start to win back-to-back sets and take the match 0-6, 6-3, 6-1. Her win was the fourth point for the Bearcats and clinched the victory.
Cincinnati will advance to play in the ninth-place match against No. 7 Georgetown on Sun., April 21 at noon. The Bearcats will try to match their ninth place finish from the 2012 BIG EAST Championship.
No. 9 Cincinnati 4, No. 11 St. John’s 0
Tampa, Fla. – Andros Courts
1 Jasmine Lee (UC) vs. Nevena Selakovic (STJ) DNF
2 Caitlin O’Gara (UC) def. Diamond Adams (STJ) 0-6, 6-3, 6-1
3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) vs. Yanita Arnaudova (STJ) DNF
4 Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) def. Ksenia Mikhaylova (STJ) 6-3, 6-1
5 Hannah Wille (UC) vs. Gvantsa Robakidze (STJ) DNF
6 Kristina Georgieva (UC) def. Terri Thomas (STJ) 6-1, 6-0
Order of finish: 4, 6, 2
1 Lee/O’Gara (UC) vs. Selakovic/Mikhaylova (STJ) DNF
2 Witte/Sullivan (UC) def. Arnaudova/Robakidze (STJ) 8-4
3 Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) def. Thomas/Adams (STJ) 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 2