Bearcats Close Out Regular Season on the Road|
April 10, 2014
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati tennis team will hit the road for their final two matches of regular season. The Bearcats will start their weekend matches against Marquette University on Friday, April 11 at noon before facing No. 39 DePaul University on Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m.
Cincinnati is coming off a 6-1 loss against No. 71 Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia on Sunday. The Bearcats received their only victory from sophomore Kelly Poggensee-Wei, (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) upping her season singles win total to 11.
Senior Ashleigh Witte (West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West) is currently 14-6 in singles play and has a chance to finish with a career best total in singles wins (16) if she is victorious in her last two matches. Two wins would also move her into a tie for 10th place for the school’s career singles wins list, equaling the record of Lisa Diamond at 60. A complete sweep of singles and doubles matches this weekend would put her at 111 combined career wins and will eclipse Mary Spencer for the lone 10th spot in school history.
Senior Caitlin O’Gara (Springboro, Ohio/Bishop Fenwick) has her own set of achievements to look forward to. O’Gara could total 50 career singles wins if she takes down both of her opponents. She would also set a personal best for doubles win in a season if she wins one of her final two matches.
Marquette is currently 10-8 and is on a two-game skid, with their latest loss coming to No. 41 Memphis in a 7-0 sweep. Junior Ali Dawson and sophomore Erin Gebes holds the most singles win on the team with identical records of 11-8. The duo of Rocio Diaz/Gebes leads the team in doubles at 13 wins, riding a six-match win streak.
Cincinnati will look to close out the regular season with a win against a ranked opponent in No. 39 DePaul. The Blue Demons were on a 16 match win streak before dropping their last two matches on the road. DePaul hold a 17-3 record and a 3-0 mark in the BIG EAST with four of their victories coming against top 75 teams. Ana Vladutu ranks among the top singles player in the nation at 104. She is 15-13 in singles action this year. Vladutu has made it in the top doubles list twice with teammate Jasmin Kling they rank 61st with a 4-3 record and her other running mate Patricia Fargas at the 83rd spot at 12-2.
The Blue Demons also feature Zaina Sufi with a remarkable 26-8 singles record followed by two 24-wins teammates in Rebeca Mitrea and Kelsey Lawson. Sufi has also made an impact in doubles play with her partner Jarret Fisher winning their last eight matches.