Women's Tennis Tops Oakland, Morgan State

Women's Tennis Tops Oakland, Morgan State

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AKRON, Ohio – For the second straight weekend, the Akron women's tennis team swept a pair of matches as the Zips picked up a 6-1 win over Oakland and a 7-0 decision over Morgan State on Saturday, Feb. 11 at LaTuchie Tennis Center.

Akron is now 5-2 on the season and has won four straight matches.

"Today was a long day, but a productive one. We were challenged and pushed in both matches, which is exactly what we needed. I am happy that we were able to see everyone on the court today as it helps us see what everyone needs to continue to work on," said head coach Brandon Padgett.

In the win against Oakland, the duos of junior Carli Knezevich (Lake Travis, Texas)/senior Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus) and junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany)/junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) each picked up 6-1 victories to clinch the doubles point for the Zips.

At the No. 1 singles spot, Geier picked up a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Oakland's Allison Motea.

Blinova put together a 6-1, 7-6 (4) victory over the Golden Grizzlies' Alexandra Whall in No. 2 singles action.

At the No. 3 singles spot, freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal) notched a 6-2, 6-2 win against Oakland's Daria Artamonova.

Sophomore Luisa Echeverry (Cali, Colombia) and sophomore Carla Flores (Coahuila, Mexico) registered wins for the Zips at the Nos. 5 and 6 singles spots. Echeverry topped Marija Milic 6-1, 6-0 and Flores rallied to pick up a three-set win (2-6, 6-2, 6-1) against Amanda Nilsson.

Akron clinched the doubles point against Morgan State as Pedroso/senior Shannon Newnes (Romford, London) and Blinova/junior Waverly Wituski (Springboro, Ohio) posted victories of 6-3 and 6-1, respectively.

Geier notched her sixth straight win with a 6-3, 6-4 decision against Morgan State's Katia Jordan at the No. 1 singles spot.

In No. 2 singles action, Blinova posted a 6-3, 6-4 win over the Bears' Danielle Thompson.

Echeverry registered a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 1-0 (7) victory against MSU's Chloe Kabamba at the No. 4 singles spot.

Pedroso and Knezevich posted victories of 6-4, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0 at the Nos. 3 and 5 singles spot for Akron.

"We have three matches ahead of us next weekend so the focus is now on rest and recuperation and then getting back to work on Tuesday!" added Padgett.

The Zips will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 17 with an 11:30 a.m. match against LIU Brooklyn at the USTA Tennis Center in Queens, N.Y.



LaTuchie Tennis Center

February 11, 2017


1. Karalina Maksimava/Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Alexandra Whall/Samantha Galloway, 6-1

2. Daria Artamonova/Amanda Nilsson (Oakland) def. Shannon Newnes/Rita Pedroso, 6-3

3. Ariadna Blinova/Sophia Geier (UA) def. Allison Motea/Sofia Borcuti, 6-1


1. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Allison Motea, 6-2, 6-3

2. Ariadna Blinova (UA) def. Alexandra Whall, 6-1, 7-6 (4)

3. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Daria Artamonova, 6-2, 6-2

4. Samantha Galloway (Oakland) def. Karalina Maksimava, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (5)

5. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Marija Milic, 6-1, 6-0

6. Carla Flores (UA) def. Amanda Nilsson, 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 3, 1, 2

Singles— 5, 3, 1, 2, 4, 6



LaTuchie Tennis Center

February 11, 2017


1. Rita Pedroso/Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Katia Jordan/Kayla Price, 6-3

2. Ariadna Blinova/Waverly Wituski (UA) def. Chloe Kabamba/Danielle Thompson, 6-1

3. Carla Flores/Sophia Geier (UA) def. No Player/No Player, by forefit


1. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Katia Jordan, 6-3, 6-4

2. Ariadna Blinova (UA) def. Danielle Thompson, 6-3, 6-4

3. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Kayla Price, 6-4, 6-1

4. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Chloe Kabamba, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 1-0 (7)

5. Carli Knezevich (UA) def. D. Santiago, 6-1, 6-0

6. Carla Flores (UA) def. No Player, by forfeit

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 3, 2, 1

Singles— 6, 5, 3, 2, 1, 4

Team Records:

Akron (5-2, 0-0 MAC)

Morgan State (0-6, 0-0 MEAC)

Oakland (0-3, 0-0 Horizon)