Women's Tennis Hits the Road for a Pair of Weekend Matches|
Feb. 28, 2014
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati women's tennis team will be on the road for a pair of neutral site matches this weekend. The Bearcats will begin their weekend matches against conference rival UConn on Friday, February 28 at 4 p.m. before closing against James Madison on Sunday, March 2 at 10 a.m. at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Cincinnati enters the weekend with a 4-7 overall record and 0-2 in conference play after picking up a victory and a loss during last weekend's matches against Bowling Green and Rutgers.
The Bearcats were led by senior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) last weekend when she picked up her 50th and 51st career singles wins against the Falcons and Scarlet Knights. Witte is currently riding a three-match win streak in singles and a two-match win streak in doubles with her partner freshman Lauren Bellinger (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome).
Senior Caitlin O'Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) and sophomore Kelly Poggensee-Wei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) are also on their own stretch of doubles wins and will look to make it their fourth and fifth consecutive this weekend.
Connecticut is currently 1-4 and will have their first match in league play this season when they face the Bearcats. The Huskies are coming off a nearly two week period without a match and are on a four game losing streak. Their most recent match was against St. John's where they fell 6-1 with the lone point coming from Srna Stosljevic during singles play in a 6-1, 6-3 fashion.
Stosljevic and Emma Alderman are leading the Huskies in singles play with identical records of 10-7 while Natalie Robson is on a four match singles winning streak.
James Madison increased its record to 3-2 after downing Washington & Lee the No. 22 team in NCAA Division III 8-1. The Dukes faced the Generals using the Division III rules, which granted one point per doubles match. Division I rules awards one point for the best two-of-three winners in doubles competition.
Rachel Nelson dominated her W&L opponent in straight sets 6-0, 6-0. Nelson has been the front runner for her team's success in singles action posting a 10-2 mark. The tandem of Alex Huie and Taylor Pinchoff has had a similar impact on the team's doubles play with a 9-4 record on the year.