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.
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
8 AM Warm-up: Youngstown State & Siena College
Singles: 9 AM - Youngstown State vs. Siena College
11 AM Warm-up: Akron & Cleveland State
Courts: 1-3: Cleveland State vs. Siena College
Courts 4-6: Akron vs. Youngstown State
Singles: 1 PM – Akron vs. Cleveland State
*In the event of inclement weather, play will be moved indoors to the LaTuchie Tennis Center (3200 Darrow Road, Stow, Ohio 44224).