Women’s Tennis Akron Shootout: Day 1 Results

Women’s Tennis Akron Shootout: Day 1 Results

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AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron women's tennis officially opened its fall home schedule on Friday, Sept. 23, hosting its own Akron Shootout at the Outdoor Tennis Facility. 

"Sweeping all six singles matches from defending Horizon League Tournament Champions YSU was a great start in singles for us," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "However, we struggled a bit in doubles, not taking advantage of the opportunities we were presented with. We also did not execute properly in specific areas, but we will continue to work diligently." 

In singles action against Youngstown State, Akron won all six matches. At No. 1, Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) overpowered Dominika Lackova, 6-2, 6-2. At No. 2, Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) beat Sofia Macias, 6-3, 6-0 while Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus) claimed a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8) triumph over YSU's Noëlly Longi Nsimba at No. 3 singles.

Newcomer Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) captured her first win as a Zip, defeating Ana Stroe 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (5) at No. 4 singles. Carli Knezevich (Austin, Texas) and Shannon Newnes (Romford, London) also registered victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.

In doubles play, at No. 1, juniors Blinova and Geier defeated Siena's Ali Garrity and Mitsuki Fukamachi, 6-1. The pair of Knezevich and Maksimava took down Ivana Boberic and Natalie Weaver in a close 7-5 decision at No. 2 doubles.

"I want to thank all of the student, faculty, and staff that came out to support our women's tennis team today," Padgett concluded. "It was wonderful seeing so many people showing their support for us.  I hope we will have a similar crowd the rest of the weekend!"

All play is round-robin. Team scores are not kept. 

Play resumes at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24, with Cleveland State facing Youngstown State in singles. Doubles begin at 1 p.m. with YSU versus Siena, and Akron playing CSU. At 2 p.m., Akron hosts Siena in singles action.

The schedule and results are listed below.
Friday, Sept. 23:

Singles: Cleveland State vs. Siena

1. Aleksandra Golawska (CSU) def. Ali Garrity (Siena), 6-4, 6-4

2. Isabella Spindler (CSU) def. Ivana Boberic (Siena), 6-4, 6-3

3. Jana Schober (CSU) def. Mitsuki Fukamachi (Siena), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (7)

4. Victoria Bensimon (CSU) def. Rina Sakai (Siena), 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (7)

5. Princess Gbadamosi (CSU) def. Natalie Weaver (Siena), 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (2)

6. Blanche Lenoan (CSU) def. Julia Dunbar (Siena), 6-3, 6-1

7. Katy Quillin (CSU) def. Ann Phillips (Siena), 6-4

8. Morgan Nix (CSU) def. Juliana Goehner (Siena), 6-2


Doubles: CSU vs. Youngstown State

1. Golawska/Spindler (CSU) def. Dominika Lackova/Sofia Macias (YSU), 6-4

2. Bensimon/Schober (CSU) def. Noëlly Longi Nsimba/Ana Stroe (YSU), 7-6 (4)

3. Gbadamosi/Lenoan (CSU) def. Nehel Sahni/Elise Eckman (YSU), 6-4


Doubles: Akron vs. Siena 

1. Blinova/Geier, (UA) def. Ali Garrity/Mitsuki Fukamachi, (Siena), 6-1 

2. Knezevich/Maksimava, (UA) def. Ivana Boberic/Natalie Weaver, (Siena), 7-5

3. Juliana Goehner/Anessa Leyva (Siena), def. Newnes/Pedroso, (UA), 6-4


Singles: Akron vs. Youngstown State

1. Blinova (UA) def. Lackova, 6-2, 6-2

2. Geier (UA) def. Macias, 6-3, 6-0

3. Maksimava (UA) def. Nsimba, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (8)

4. Pedroso (UA) def. Stroe, 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (5)

5. Knezevich (UA) def. Sahni, 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (6)

6. Newnes (UA) def. Eckman, 6-1, 6-0


Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016:

9 AM Warm-up: Cleveland State & Youngstown State

Singles: 10 AM - Cleveland State vs. Youngstown State

12 PM Warm-up: Akron & Siena College 

Doubles: 1 PM

Courts 1-3: Youngstown State vs. Siena College

Courts 4-6: Akron vs. Cleveland State

Singles: 2 PM - Akron vs. Siena College

Sunday, Sept. 25th, 2016:

8 AM Warm-up: Youngstown State & Siena College

Singles: 9 AM - Youngstown State vs. Siena College

11 AM Warm-up: Akron & Cleveland State

Doubles: NOON

Courts: 1-3: Cleveland State vs. Siena College

Courts 4-6: Akron vs. Youngstown State

Singles: 1 PM – Akron vs. Cleveland State

Directions to Outdoor Tennis Facility: Exit Route 8 onto Carroll St. then follow Goodkirk (parallel with route 8) south, cross over Exchange St. and turn right on Crouse. Crouse will dead end at the courts on Brown St.

*In the event of inclement weather, play will be moved indoors to the LaTuchie Tennis Center (3200 Darrow Road, Stow, Ohio 44224).