Zips Sweep Niagara, St. Bonaventure

Zips Sweep Niagara, St. Bonaventure

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OLEAN, N.Y. – The Akron women's tennis team notched a pair of wins on Saturday afternoon with 7-0 victories over St. Bonaventure and Niagara at the St. Bonaventure Fitness Center.

The Zips improve to 3-2 on the season with the victories.

"It was good to pick up two wins today, and to test ourselves physically by playing both matches back to back. Playing with only six players today proved to be a mental test as well for everyone. I'm pleased with the overall effort and the focus showed by everyone throughout the day," said head coach Brandon Padgett.

In the match against the Bonnies, Akron won all three doubles matches by a 6-3 score to clinch the doubles point. Junior Carli Knezevich (Lake Travis, Tex.)/senior Karalina Maksimava (Riga, Lativa), sophomore Luisa Echeverry (Cali, Colombia)/freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) and sophomore Carla Flores (Coahuila, Mexico)/junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) represented the doubles pairings for the Zips.

At the No. 1 singles spot, Geier posted a 6-1, 6-2 victory over the Bonnies' Mara Martinez-Santori.

Pedroso topped St. Bonaventure's Gabriella Bowe with a 6-1, 6-3 victory in No. 2 singles action for the Zips.

In No. 3 singles action, Echeverry picked up a 6-4, 6-2 win over SBU's Clara Herberts.

Maksimava, Knezevich and Flores also notched victories in straight sets for the Zips at the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles spots, respectively.

In the match against Niagara, the same three doubles pairings teamed up to clinch the doubles point for Akron with a trio of victories.

Geier picked up a 6-1, 6-3 decision against Niagara's Stella Peisakhova at the No. 1 singles spot.

At No. 2 singles, Pedroso posted a straight set win (6-1, 6-1) over the Purple Eagles' Sharlee Deshmukh.

Maksimava played at the No. 3 singles spot in the Zips' latter match and notched a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Shannon Wong.

Echeverry and Knezevich posted victories of 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1 in their wins over Niagara's Ali Hutchinson and Sansriti Ranjan in Nos. 4 and 5 singles action.

At the No. 6 singles spot, Flores put together a sweep (6-0, 6-0) against the Purple Eagles' Jasmin Vargas.

Akron will host a pair of home matches against Oakland (10 a.m.) and Morgan St. (4 p.m.) on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the LaTuchie Tennis Center.



St. Bonaventure Fitness Center

February 4, 2017


1. Karalina Maksimava/Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Mara Martinez-Santori/Gabriella Bowe, 6-3

2. Luisa Echeverry/Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Clara Herberts/Kahlei Reisinger, 6-3

3. Carla Flores/Sophia Geier (UA) def. Francesca Chin/Lauren Doversola, 6-3


1. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Mara Martinez-Santori, 6-1, 6-2

2. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Gabriella Bowe, 6-1, 6-3

3. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Clara Herberts, 6-4, 6-2

4. Karalina Maksimava (UA) def. Dominique Mortier, 6-1, 6-2

5. Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Kahlei Reisinger, 6-3, 7-5

6. Carla Flores (UA) def. Nicole Kozinski, 6-2, 6-3

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 1, 2, 3

Singles— 2, 4, 1, 3, 6, 5



St. Bonaventure Fitness Center

February 4, 2017


1. Karalina Maksimava/Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Shannon Wong/Sharlee Deshmukh, 6-3

2. Luisa Echeverry/Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Ali Hutchinson/Stella Peisakhova, 6-3

3. Carla Flores/Sophia Geier (UA) def. Sansriti Ranjan/Jasmin Vargas, 6-0


1. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Stella Peisakhova, 6-3, 6-1

2. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Sharlee Deshmukh, 6-1, 6-1

3. Karalina Maksimava (UA) def. Shannon Wong, 6-3, 6-1

4. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Ali Hutchinson, 6-0, 6-1

5. Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Sansriti Ranjan, 6-1, 6-1

6. Carla Flores (UA) def. Jasmin Vargas, 6-0, 6-0

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 3, 2, 1

Singles— 4, 2, 1, 3, 6, 5

Team Records:

Akron (3-2, 0-0 MAC)

Niagara (1-2, 0-0 MAAC)

St. Bonaventure (1-5, 0-0 A-10)