Tennis to Open Fall Season at Ohio State Invitational|
Sept. 13, 2012
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati tennis team is slated to open its fall season at the Ohio State Invitational in Columbus, Ohio Sept. 14-16. The tournament will be held at the Country Club at Muirfield Village.
Six Bearcats will compete in both singles and doubles action. The team will be led by Caitlin O’Gara, the lone senior to compete at the Ohio State Invitational. O’Gara will be joined by three juniors, Sierra Sullivan, Ashleigh Witte and Carly Wilson, while the team will also compete with two freshmen, Hannah Wille and Kelly Poggensee-Wei.
A total of seven teams will play in the fall tournament, including Ohio State, Kentucky, Bowling Green, Eastern Kentucky, Louisville and Akron. The Bearcats will use the weekend as a tune up for the spring season when they will face three Ohio State Invitational teams again (Ohio State, Bowling Green and Louisville).
All six Bearcats will begin both singles and doubles action on Friday. In the singles draw, Sullivan will meet No. 1 seed Julia Fellerhoff of Louisville at 11 a.m. while O’Gara will face off against Katie Brozovich of Bowling Green State, also at 11 a.m. Poggensee-Wei , Wilson and Witte will all begin at 12:30 p.m. with Poggensee-Wei matching up against Kentucky’s Caitlin McGraw, Wilson drawing Amadine Faouzi of Eastern Kentucky and Witte meeting Kentucky’s Kristen Lewis. Wille will be the last to start on Friday, facing the No. 2 seed Becca Shine of Louisville at 2 p.m. The winner of the tournament will play one match on Friday, two matches on Saturday and two matches on Sunday.
In the doubles draw, all pairs will begin play at 9 a.m. Wilson and O’Gara will team up to take on Kelsey Becker and Noelle Mally of Ohio State, Wille will pair with Poggensee-Wei to face Kentucky’s Stephanie Fox and CeCe Witten and the duo of Witte and Sullivan will match up against Akron’s Prang Pantusart and Madison Cohen.
Cincinnati finished last season tied for ninth place at the BIG EAST Tournament.