CLEVELAND, Ohio – The University of Akron women's tennis team participated in day two of the Cleveland State Viking Invitational at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion on Saturday, Oct. 8.
"Another solid day for us in both singles and doubles," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "Sophia really stood out in singles for us, defeating her opponent handily. She played Isaacs last fall and lost in a tight three sets, so I was pleased to see her dominate the match."
The Zips split singles action with Duquesne as Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) led the way at the No. 2 spot by taking down Kylie Isaacs, 6-1, 6-1. Luisa Echeverry (Cali, Columbia) battled to a 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (8) No. 4 singles victory over Megan Wasson. At No. 5 singles, Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) overpowered Sara Mitrovic, 6-2, 6-3.
"In doubles we had our ups and downs once again, but we continue to show the kind of progress I am looking for," Padgett finished. "We once again played strong doubles during the opening round but were unable to carry that momentum forward in the second round. All in all though, I am pleased with how we played today."
Akron swept Cleveland State in doubles play before falling in all three matches to West Virginia. At No. 1 doubles versus CSU, Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) and Geier overcame Victoria Bensimon and Princess Gbadamosi, 7-6 (4).
Senior Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus) and junior Carli Knezevich (Austin, Texas) claimed a 6-1 triumph over Morgan Nix and Blanche Lenoan while Echeverry and Pedroso did not give up a single set as they defeated Katy Quillin and Jana Schober, 6-0.
The Viking Invitational concludes on Sunday, Oct. 9 as the Zips take on Duquesne in doubles at 12 p.m. Akron then faces off against Cleveland State at 1 p.m. in singles action.
Day 2 Results:
Singles: Akron vs. Duquesne
1. Julianne Herman (DUQ) def. Ariadna Blinova (UA), 6-3, 6-3
2. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Kylie Isaacs (DUQ), 6-1, 6-1
3. Laurel Shymansky (DUQ) def. Karalina Maksimava (UA), 6-1, 2-3, ret.
4. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Megan Wasson (DUQ), 6-0, 3-6, 1-0 (8)
5. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Sara Mitrovic (DUQ), 6-2, 6-3
6. Aishwarya Kona (DUQ) def. Carli Knezevich (UA), 5-7, 6-0, 1-0 (8)
Doubles: Akron vs. Cleveland State
1. Geier/Blinova (UA) def. Victoria Bensimon/Princess Gbadamosi, (CSU), 7-6 (4)
2. Maksimava/Knezevich (UA) def. Morgan Nix/Blanche Lenoan, (CSU), 6-1
3. Echeverry/Pedroso (UA), def. Katy Quillin/Jana Schober, (CSU), 6-0
Doubles: Akron vs. West Virginia
1. Habiba Shaker/Christina Jordan (WVU) def. Maksimava/Knezevich (UA), 7-6 (5)
2. Kaja Mrgole/Lyn Yuen Choo (WVU) def. Blinova/Geier (UA), 7-5
3. Paula Goetz/Carolina Lewis (WVU), def. Echeverry/Pedroso, (CSU), 6-3