February 21, 2013

Women's Tennis Readies for Three-Match Weekend Road Swing

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AKRON, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team looks to improve its four-match win streak during a weekend trip to the states of New Jersey and New York. The Zips face off against Wagner on a neutral court at the New Jersey Institute of Technology's facility in Newark on Friday at 1 p.m. ET, at NJIT on Saturday at 1 p.m., and at 52nd-ranked Columbia in New York City on Sunday at 11 a.m.

Akron (5-5) swept a two-match homestand last week with a 4-3 victory over East Tennessee State on Friday and 4-3 decision versus 69th-ranked Oregon on Sunday. Both wins came courtesy of dramatic three-set, last-match-on-court decisions.

Against ETSU, Olga Shkundina clinched match point with a 7-6 (7), 6-7 (4), 6-4 win at No. 4 singles, and versus Oregon it was Angelina Jogasuria's 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles that did so. Jogasuria's performance earned her Mid-American Conference Player-of-the-Week honors for the fourth time in her collegiate career.

Jogasuria is 3-0 at first flight singles this season and 7-3 overall against singles competition. She partners with Prang Pantusart at No. 1 doubles to make up the nation's 43rd-ranked pair, a duo that takes a 8-0 record into the weekend. Ksenia Berestetska boasts a six-match singles win streak for UA.

The Zips will face Wagner (2-2) for the first time, while the meetings with both NJIT (5-1) and Columbia (2-3) mark the second ever between the programs. Akron defeated NJIT 7-0 at home last season and lost to Columbia 8-1 on a neutral court in Florida in March 1990.

UA starts a four-match homestand on March 7 when Youngstown State comes to town for a 12:30 p.m. contest. That match was originally scheduled to be played at YSU, but was recently switched to a home event for UA.