Tennis Loses to West Virginia, 4-2, in First Round of BIG EAST Championships

April 22, 2010

CINCINNATI- For the second time this season the University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team was defeated by conference rival West Virginia, this time in the first round of the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Tennis Championships, 4-2. The Bearcats drop to the consolation bracket of the tournament, where they will play the University of Connecticut on Friday, April 23, at 3 p.m. at the Courtney Tennis Center (South) on the campus of Notre Dame University.

The No. 9 seed Bearcats (11-12, 3-3 BIG EAST) fell behind early to the No. 8 seed Mountaineers (17-6, 6-2 BIG EAST), who swept all three doubles matches to claim the first point of the match, and go up early 1-0.

UC quickly evened the score when sophomore Ksenia Slynko, playing in the No. 1 flight, notched her 16th victory of the season, 6-0, 6-0, and tie the match at one. Slynko has now won 11 of 15 matches and is 4-0 in her career at the BIG EAST Championships.

Freshman Caitlin O’Gara, playing in her first postseason tournament, won her match thanks to wonderful individual play to capture two tie-break wins, 7-6(7), 7-6(8). O’Gara, playing in the No. 5 flight, has won three matches in a row, 10 of her past 14, and on the season owns an overall record of 14-9.

The Bearcats defeated Connecticut earlier this season, 4-3, in Cincinnati. UC jumped out to an early lead in the contest by sweeping all three doubles matches, and then got wins from Slynko, O’Gara, and junior Lindsey Lonergan in singles action, to clinch the victory.

This also marks the second straight year the two schools have met in the second round of the BIG EAST Championships, with the Bearcats winning, 7-0, last season.

UC currently owns a three-match winning streak in the series.



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