Women's Tennis Completes UC Invitational|
Nov. 2, 2013
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati women’s tennis team wrapped up play at the first-ever UC invitational Saturday afternoon at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club. The two-day event hosted Ball State, Bowling Green and Xavier as UC’s final event of the fall.
The hidden dual tournament format pitted the three schools against each other in three doubles matches and six singles matches throughout the two days.
The scoring throughout the tournament would have resulted in UC defeating Bowling Green 5-2, but falling to Ball State 5-2 and Xavier 4-3 in dual play.
"Overall it was a great weekend full of several competitive matches," stated head coach Angela Wilson. "Kelly really played strong all weekend, especially playing for the first time at the No. 1 spot. It was great to see her shine specifically during her final match against Xavier. We have some work to do in doubles, but we saw some great things from our freshman which is promising heading into the spring season."
The Bearcats won two out of three doubles matches from BGSU and four out of six singles matches. Against Ball State, UC managed just one doubles win and two singles wins. Facing cross-town rival Xavier, the Bearcats won one doubles match and narrowly missed out on claiming a win over the Musketeers, with a final score of 4-3.
UC was led during the weekend in doubles action by the duo of Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) and Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) who won all three matches in the first position. Poggensee-Wei also picked up a pair of wins in singles action, defeating both Bowling Green’s Nikki Chiricosta (6-4, 6-5) and Xavier’s Alex Brinker (6-3, 6-0) at No. 1.
Lauren Bellinger (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) went undefeated in singles play during the weekend. She picked up wins against Toni Ormond of Ball State (6-3, 6-2), Brittany Plaszweski of BGSU (6-4, 5-7 (3)) and Xavier’s Daniella Patton (3-6, 7-5 (7)).
Katya Bure (Springfield, N.J./Jonathan Dayton) and Sierra Sullivan (Austin, Texas/The Khabele School/Stetson University) teamed up for one of UC’s doubles wins, defeating Bowling Green’s duo of Harley Hutchison and Brittany Plaszewski by a score of 8-4. Bure also picked up a win against Xavier’s Andrea Wolf. Bure took the first set 6-3 before Wolf forced the super tiebreak with a 6-4 win in the second set. Bure was victorious in the tiebreak, winning 10-7. Sullivan also picked up a singles win as she was victorious over Hannah Drayton of BGSU 6-1, 3-6 (6).
The UC Invitational wrapped up play for the Bearcats during the fall season. The squad will open play again on Friday, January 17 against Toledo. The match at the Western Tennis & Fitness Club is set for a 2 p.m. start time.
Doubles Matches – UC vs. BGSU
O’Gara/Poggensee-Wei (UC) vs. Reuland/Fillis (BGSU) 8-7 (2)
Double Matches – UC vs. XU
Doubles Matches – UC vs. BS
Single Matches – BS vs. UC
Singles Matches - UC vs. BGSU
Singles Matches – XU vs. UC
Exhib. Sullivan/Bure (UC) def. Dennis/Lawless (XU) 6-0