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AKRON, Ohio – After playing eight matches and one exhibition contest over the first four weeks of the season, the Akron women's tennis squad competes just once this weekend. The Zips put their 7-1 record in dual play on the line against Northeast Ohio rival Youngstown State on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET.
In the midst of a five-match road swing during which it has worked to overcome a variety of injuries, UA maintains a 6-1 record in away contests this year. The lone loss in that situation came last Friday at Penn (6-1), and the team rebounded the next day with a 6-1 victory at Saint Joseph's.
Leading the way for the Zips during the early portion of the season is junior Olga Shkundina, who is 6-0 at No. 1 singles and 4-0 at No. 1 doubles when paired with freshman Shannon Newnes. The sophomore duo of Madison Cohen and Martina Zerbola is 5-0, including a 3-0 mark when playing at No. 2. Senior Ksenia Berestetska boasts a 7-1 mark in singles.
Youngstown State (2-3) enters the match following a 6-1 win at Duquesne last Saturday and tomorrow's match will be its first at home this season.
UA owns a 23-3 advantage in the all-time series with YSU and has won seven-straight meetings over the Penguins, including a 4-3 victory last season in Akron (March 7, 2013). This is the eighth-straight year the programs have competed against one another.
Akron visits the Pacific Northwest next weekend to compete at Portland State on Friday, Feb. 21 and Oregon one day later. The Zips return home on March 8 when they host Duquesne and Butler in a doubleheader. Those matches will begin at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.