April 21, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 9 seeded University of Cincinnati tennis team won its third consecutive match to upset No. 7 seed Georgetown 4-0 on the final day of the BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Championship in Tampa, Fla. The Bearcats bounced back from a first-round defeat to win out in the consolation bracket and earn a ninth place finish.
“The girls played well as a team today” said head coach Angela Wilson. “The doubles play was very strong. It is great to end our season with a win.”
Cincinnati worked its third shutout in as many matches, blanking the Hoyas 4-0. The team started the match with strong doubles play, collecting two wins. Freshman Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and sophomore Kristina Georgieva (Varna, Bulgaria/Varna Sports School) cruised past Sophie Panarase and Taylor Perz 8-1 on court No. 3. The tandem won its doubles match in all three BIG EAST Championship victories for the Bearcats. Seniors Jasmine Lee (Canton, Ohio/Glen Oak) and Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) collected an 8-4 win over Liz Hamlin and Victoria Sekely in the top position to clinch the doubles point and put UC up 1-0.
The Bearcats carried the momentum into singles action where they won on three courts. Freshman Hannah Wille topped Hamlin 6-1 in the opening set on court No. 5 before Hamlin retired. Junior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) then earned a 6-1, 6-3 win over Panarese in the third slot and O’Gara secured the victory with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of Kelly Comolli in the second position.
The win secured a ninth-place finish for Cincinnati for the second consecutive year. The Bearcats finished the season with a 13-11 record, marking their first winning record since going 16-9 in 2009.
No. 9 seed Cincinnati 4, No. 7 seed Georgetown 0
BIG EAST Championship
Tampa, Fla. – Andros Courts
1 Jasmine Lee (UC) vs. Victoria Sekely (GU) DNF
2 Caitlin O’Gara (UC) def. Kelly Comolli (GU) 6-1, 6-0
3 Ashleigh Witte (UC) def. Sophie Panarese (GU) 6-1, 6-3
4 Kelly Poggensee-Wei (UC) vs. Madeline Jaeger (GU) DNF
5 Hannah Wille (UC) def. Liz Hamlin 6-1, RET
6 Kristina Georgieva (UC) vs. Taylor Perz (GU) DNF
Order of finish: 5, 3, 2
1 Lee/O’Gara (UC) def. Hamlin/Sekely (GU) 8-4
2 Sullivan/Witte (UC) vs. Comolli/Jaeger (GU) DNF
3 Poggensee-Wei/Georgieva (UC) def. Panarese/Perz (GU) 8-1
Order of finish: 3, 1