Bearcats Advance to American Semifinals
April 20, 2017


LAKE NONA, Fla - The University of Cincinnati women's tennis team advanced to the semifinals of the American Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Championship on Thursday afternoon with a 4-1 win over Memphis. 

The win marks the farthest the Bearcats have advanced in the American Conference Tournament since joining the league in 2013

Order of Finish:1,2
No. 1 | Bellinger/Poggensee-Wei (CIN) def. Paul/J.Cao (MEMPHIS) 6-3
No. 2 | Miller/Hutchison (CIN) def. K.Cao/Morga (MEMPHIS) 6-2
No. 3 | Morton/Bramato (CIN) vs. Kuehn/Sohn (MEMPHIS) 5-3, unfinished

Three tightly contested doubles contests highlighted the doubles action, with the Bearcats coming out on top on courts No. 1 and No. 2. Lauren Bellinger (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) and Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) finished first on court No. 1 with Ali Miller (Portsmouth, Ohio/Portsmouth) and Harley Hutchison (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic Academy) finishing moments after to secure the point. Play was stopped on court No. 3 with UC leading 5-3. 

Order of Finish: 6,4,3,2
No. 1 | Lauren Bellinger (CIN) vs. Hanna Sohn (MEMPHIS) 1-6, 7-5, 0-2, unfinished
No. 2 | Kelly Poggensee-Wei (CIN) def. Gabrielle Paul (MEMPHIS) 6-4, 6-3
No. 3 | Marta Morga (MEMPHIS) def. Antonella Bramato (CIN) 6-4, 6-4
No. 4 | Caroline Morton (CIN) def. Katherine Cao (MEMPHIS) 6-3, 6-4
No. 5 | Anna Philp (CIN) vs. Josephine Cao (MEMPHIS) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
No. 6 | Harley Hutchison (CIN) def. Clara Kuehn (MEMPHIS) 6-0, 6-3

Singles were equally competitive with Cincinnati and Memphis splitting the first sets, the Bearcats won on courts No. 2, 4 and 6 while Memphis opened with wins on courts No. 1, 3 and 5. 

Following a 6-0 win in the opening set, Hutchison was the first off the courts with a 6-3, 6-0 win, giving the Bearcats a 2-0 lead. Shortly after, Caroline Morton (Dubuque, Iowa/Evert Tennis Academy) took the third point of the match with a straight-set win by scores of 6-3, 6-4. With the win, the freshman extended her singles completed win streak to 14 matches, having not suffered a loss since Feb. 18. 

Memphis would add one point on court No. 3 before senior Poggensee-Wei finished off the match with a 6-4, 6-3 score.