EVANSTON, Ill. - The Akron Zips women's tennis team notched its first win of the season with a 7-0 victory over Chicago State on Sunday afternoon at Combe Tennis Center in Evanston.
Akron evens its record at 1-1 on the season, while Chicago State drops to 0-2.
"Good win today. It was obvious that everyone was extremely tired, but they pushed through and did what they had to do in order to come away with the win," said head coach Brandon Padgett. "I was most impressed by the improvement in each player's decision making process."
The Zips earned the doubles point with a pair of wins as the pairings of senior Shannon Newnes (Romford, London)/freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) and junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia)/junior Waverly Wituski (Springboro, Ohio) each picked up 6-1 victories at the top two spots. The No. 3 doubles match was forfeited to the Zips.
Akron swept all five singles matches en route to the 7-0 victory and Chicago State did not have a player for the No. 6 singles spot so that match was also forfeited to the Zips.
Blinova registered a straight set win at the No. 1 singles spot with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over CSU's Mariya Kostyuk. At the No. 2 spot, junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) followed up a strong performance on Saturday with a 6-0, 6-2 win over the Cougars' Lorea Gamboa.
The tandem of Newnes and Pedroso also each picked up singles victories for Akron. Newnes topped CSU's Judit Aubets by a 6-1, 6-2 count at the No. 5 spot and Pedroso posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Leshia Gadacz in No. 3 singles action.
Senior Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus) notched a 6-0, 6-4 decision against CSU's Carynne Lloyd at the No. 4 singles spot for the Zips.
"We will use the next two weeks to prepare for Youngstown State and West Virginia, which will both be difficult challenges as usual," added Padgett.
Akron will be back in action on Friday, Jan. 27 with a 1 p.m. match at Youngstown State.
AKRON 7, CHICAGO STATE 0
Combe Tennis Center
January 15, 2017
1. Ariadna Blinova (UA) def. Mariya Kostyuk, 6-1, 6-3
2. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Lorea Gamboa, 6-0, 6-2
3. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Leshia Gadacz, 6-2, 6-2
4. Karalina Maksimava (UA) def. Carynne Lloyd, 6-0, 6-4
5. Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Judit Aubets, 6-1, 6-2
6. Waverly Wituski (UA) def. No Player, by forefit
Order of Finish:
Doubles— 3, 1, 2
Singles— 6, 1, 2, 5, 3, 4
Akron (1-1, 0-0 MAC)
Chicago State (0-2, 0-0 WAC)