April 7, 2012

Tennis Tops Buffalo 6-1 to Win Fourth-Straight MAC Outing

AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron tennis team ran its win streak to four matches with a 6-1 victory over Buffalo in Mid-American Conference play on Saturday indoors at LaTuchie Tennis Center.

Akron (18-2, 4-1 MAC) won at all three doubles positions and took straight-set decisions in order at No. 2, 4 and 1 singles en rout to winning for the sixth time in seven outings.

Buffalo (6-9, 2-3 MAC), playing its third-straight match on the road, scored its lone point at No. 5 singles where Miranda Podlas defeated Angelina Jogasuria 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (6).

With match point decided following UA's win at No. 1 singles, a super tiebreaker was used to decide a winner at No. 3, 5 and 6 singles, which each went into a third set.

UA concludes its three-match homestand with visits by Eastern Michigan on April 13 and Toledo the next day. Both contests are scheduled to begin a 1 p.m. ET.

Zips Notebook: Today marked the fourth-straight time Akron has defeated Buffalo, including a 4-0 win in last season's MAC tournament quarterfinal round ... the Zips have won the doubles point in seven of the last eight matches and 17 times total this year ... UA's No. 1 doubles pair of Zara Harutyunyan and Prang Pantusart improved to 5-0 against MAC foes and 18-0 overall ... freshman Olga Shkundina is 5-0 in MAC play at No. 2 singles this season (18-1 overall in singles).

Akron 6, Buffalo 1

Doubles
1. Zara Harutyunyan/Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Miranda Podlas/Kira Golenko (UB) 8-4
2. Angelika Jogasuria/Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) def. Tamara Markovic/Anamaria Candanoza (UB) 8-2
3. Angelina Jogasuria/Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Marta Stoyanova/Tanvi Shah (UB) 8-1

Singles
1. Zara Harutyunyan (Akron) def. Tanvi Shah (UB) 6-4, 6-0
2. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Marta Stoyanova (UB) 7-5, 6-0
3. Prang Pantusart (Akron) def. Tamara Markovic (UB) 2-6, 7-6 (3), 1-0 (9)
4. Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) def. Kira Golenko (UB) 6-3, 6-0
5. Miranda Podlas (UB) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (6)
6. Natalia Kuvakina (Akron) def. Anamaria Candanoza (UB) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (6)

Order of finish:
Doubles – 3, 2, 1
Singles – 2, 4, 1, 5, 6, 3

Team records:
Akron – 18-2, 4-1 MAC
Buffalo – 6-9, 2-3 MAC