AKRON, Ohio – The Akron women's tennis team registered its 13th straight win with a 5-2 victory over Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon at LaTuchie Tennis Center in Stow.
The Zips improve to 14-2 on the season with the win, while Milwaukee falls to 4-7.
"We weren't as sharp today as we have been lately, but I attribute that to the lack of match play the past two weeks. I feel that tomorrow we will be much sharper on court. Overall, I'm pleased with the win and I am happy we got another quality match in before we open up conference play next Friday," said head coach Brandon Padgett.
Akron clinched the doubles point courtesy of victories from the pairings of junior Carli Knezevich (Austin, Texas)/senior Karolina Maksimova (Mogilev, Belarus), junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia)/junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) and senior Shannon Newnes (Romford, London)/freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal).
Knezevich/Maksimova picked up a 6-4 victory over the Panthers' Alysa Straub/Berta Masdevall Masip, while Newnes/Pedroso took a 7-6 (2) decision against Milwaukee's Eszter Zador/Nicole Clarke. Blinova and Geier remained unbeaten in doubles action with a 6-2 win.
At the No. 1 singles spot, Geier captured her 13th straight match with a 6-0, 6-1 win over UMW's Labina Petrovska.
Blinova toppled Zador with a straight-set victory (6-2, 6-2) in second singles action for the Zips.
Pedroso extended her winning streak in singles action to 11 by virtue of taking a 6-0, 6-3 decision against the Panthers' Hayley Marshall.
At the No. 6 singles spot, Newnes got the best of Clarke in a 7-6 (5), 6-1 win.
Akron will be back in action, tomorrow, March 19, with a 10 a.m. match vs. Binghamton at LaTuchie Tennis Center.
AKRON 5, MILWAUKEE 2
LaTuchie Tennis Center
March 18, 2017
1. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Labina Petrovska, 6-0, 6-1
2. Ariadna Blinova (UA) def. Eszter Zador, 6-2, 6-2
3. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Hayley Marshall, 6-0, 6-3
4. Alysa Straub (UWM) def. Karolina Maksimova, 6-3, 6-1
5. Berta Masdevall Masip (UWM) def. Luisa Echeverry, 6-0, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10)
6. Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Nicole Clarke, 7-6 (5), 6-1
Exhibition: Carla Flores (UA) def. Aerielle Pendleton, 6-2, 6-1
Exhibition: Masha Lobanova (UWM) def. Waverly Wituski, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (8)
Order of Finish:
Doubles— 2, 1, 3
Singles— 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 5