AKRON, Ohio — The University of Akron women's tennis team claimed all nine matches on the second day of its own Akron Shootout on Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Outdoor Tennis Facility.
In singles action, the Zips won all six matches in straight sets versus Siena. At No. 1 singles, Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) captured a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Ali Garrity while Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) defeated her opponent, Mitsuki Fukamachi, 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 2 spot.
Senior Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus) took down Natalie Weaver, 6-4, 6-2, before freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portual) overcame Rina Sakai, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4 singles. Carli Knezevich (Austin, Texas) beat Juliana Goehner 6-4, 6-0 while Shannon Newnes (Romford, London) tallied a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Julia Dunbar.
"Excellent overall performance today by everyone," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "Winning all nine matches played is not easy, so I am proud of the effort put forth today. We continue to have things that we need to improve upon, especially execution in doubles, but all in all, I am certainly happy with how we played."
Blinova and Geier claimed a 7-6 (2) victory over CSU's Bensimon and Schober in No. 1 doubles play while Knezevich and Maksimava defeated Golawska and Spindler in No. 2 doubles, 6-3. At No. 3 doubles, Newnes and Pedroso paired up to overpower Gbadamosi and Lenoan, 6-1.
"I am looking forward to seeing how we finish tomorrow on day three of a three day tournament," said Padgett. "Everyone will be tired, but we need to mentally and physically push through, and I believe that we will."
In the other first singles round, Cleveland State split with Youngstown while in doubles action, Siena won two of three matches against the Penguins.
All play is round-robin. Team scores are not kept.
Play concludes at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, with Youngstown facing Siena in singles. Doubles begin at Noon with CSU against the Saints, and Akron playing YSU. At 1 p.m., Akron hosts the Vikings in singles action.
Saturday, Sept. 24:
Singles: Cleveland State vs. Youngstown State
2. Sofia Macias (YSU) def. Victoria Bensimon (CSU), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (5)
3. Noëlly Longi Nsimba (YSU) def. Princess Gbadamosi (CSU), 6-3, 6-0
4. Aleksandra Golawska (CSU) def. Ana Stroe (YSU), 7-5, ret.
5. Isabella Spindler (CSU) def. Nehel Sahni (YSU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Blanche Lenoan (CSU) def. Elise Eckman (YSU), 6-0, 6-3
Doubles: Youngstown State vs. Siena
1. Ali Garrity/Mitsuki Fukamachi (Siena) def. Dominika Lackova/Sofia Macias (YSU), 7-5
2. Natalie Weaver/Ivana Boberic (Siena) def. Noëlly Longi Nsimba/Ana Stroe (YSU), 7-6 (9)
3. Nehel Sahni/Elise Eckman (YSU) def. Ann Phillips/Julia Dunbar (Siena), 7-6 (4)
Doubles: Akron vs. Cleveland State
1. Blinova/Geier, (UA) def. Bensimon/Schober, (CSU), 7-6 (2)
2. Knezevich/Maksimava, (UA) def. Golawska/Spindler, (CSU), 6-3
3. Newnes/Pedroso (UA), def. Gbadamosi/Lenoan, (CSU), 6-1
Singles: Akron vs. Siena
1. Blinova (UA) def. Ali Garrity, 6-2, 6-2
2. Geier (UA) def. Fukamachi, 6-2, 6-0
3. Maksimava (UA) def. Weaver, 6-4, 6-2
4. Pedroso (UA) def. Sakai, 6-3, 7-5
5. Knezevich (UA) def. Goehner, 6-4, 6-0
6. Newnes (UA) def. Dunbar, 6-3, 6-4
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
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).