Nationally-Ranked Tennis Shuts Out Northern Arizona
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 65th-ranked University of Akron tennis team closed out its Spring Break trip to the state of Arizona with a 7-0 defeat of Northern Arizona on Monday afternoon outdoors at Continental Country Club.
The Zips (14-1) won two of three doubles flights to win the early point for the 12th time in their last 13 outings, and claimed straight-set victories at all six singles flights.
"I am very pleased with how we came out and played today," second-year Akron head coach Brandon Padgett said. "I think that hitting in this environment (7,000-foot elevation) for the third-straight day really played a role in how we competed. We were more prepared and made the correct adjustments much earlier today."
The nation's 53rd-ranked doubles team of Zara Harutyunyan and Prang Pantusart won 8-6 at No. 1 over Ghizelene Doballah and Malia Wahinepio, and at No. 3 Angelina Jogasuria and Olga Shkundina defeated Alice Pacaut and Nicole Perez 8-4 to give the Zips a 1-0 lead.
Northern Arizona (5-9) offered little resistance in singles. Highlights from the singles courts came from Prang Pantusart at No. 2, where she topped Hannah Stone 6-1, 6-0, and at No. 3 from Angelina Jogasuria, who disposed of Malia Wahinepio, 6-2, 6-3.
Harutyunyan ended her three-match singles losing streak with a 6-4, 6-3 decision over Doballah.
"It is nice to pick up two wins outdoors, as we head into the conference schedule, where we never know where we will be playing," Padgett said. "Prang and Angelina really stood out today, and all weekend. Their play was outstanding from beginning to end, both in singles and doubles."
The Zips defeated New Mexico 5-2 on Sunday afternoon on a neutral court in Sedona, Ariz.
Akron is idle until March 23 when it opens Mid-American Conference play at home against Miami (Ohio). The Zips topped the RedHawks 4-3 in last season's league tournament title match, after MU topped UA 4-3 during the regular season.
Zips Notebook: Akron improved to 7-1 on the road this season (6-1 away, 1-0 neutral) ... the Zips and Lumberjacks met for the first time on the tennis court ... UA recently added a non-conference match to their schedule and will play at UIC on April 22 ... the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is scheduled to announce new team, singles and doubles rankings on March 13.
No. 65 Akron 7, Northern Arizona 0
1. (53) Zara Harutyunyan/Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Ghizelene Doballah/Malia Wahinepio (NAU) 8-6
2. Hannah Stone/Johanna Vang (NAU) def. Angelika Jogasuria/Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) 8-5
3. Angelina Jogasuria/Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Alice Pacaut/Nicole Perez (NAU) 8-4
1. Zara Harutyunyan (Akron) def. Ghizelene Doballah (NAU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Hannah Stone (NAU) 6-1, 6-0
3. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Malia Wahinepio (NAU) 6-2, 6-3
4. Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) def. Johanna Vang (NAU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Nicole Perez (NAU) 7-5, 6-1
6. Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) def. Alice Pacaut (NAU) 6-2, 6-1
Order of finish:
Doubles – 3, 1, 2
Singles – 2, 3, 1, 4, 6, 5
Akron – 14-1
Northern Arizona – 5-9