AKRON, Ohio – The Akron women's tennis team will try to keep things rolling as the Zips play four road matches over the next four days.
On Friday, Feb. 17, the Zips will battle Long Island University-Brooklyn at 11:30 a.m. at the USTA Tennis Center. Akron will then play two matches on Saturday. Feb. 18 against Saint Peter's at 2 p.m. at the Yanitelli Center and New Jersey Institute of Technology at 6:30 p.m at The Naimoli Family Athletic and Recreational Center. The road trip wraps up with a 12 p.m. match against Youngstown State on Monday Feb, 20. at the Boardman Tennis Center.
"With four matches in four days, we have been extremely intelligent about maximizing our time on court, while minimizing the overall fatigue that the players endured during our preparation this week," said head coach Brandon Padgett.
The Zips have won four straight matches and currently sit at 5-2 on the season.
LIU Brooklyn is 2-1 on the year, while Saint Peter's and NJIT are 1-8 and 0-4, respectively. Youngstown State is 4-3 and was picked to win the Horizon League.
"Match play continues to be the best preparation for the MAC season and this team is working hard to be as prepared as possible," added Padgett.
Akron is coming off a 6-1 victory against Oakland and a 7-0 win over Morgan State on Feb. 11 at LaTuchie Tennis Center.
Junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) captured a pair of matches at the No. 1 singles spot for the Zips and has now won her last six matches. Geier also registered a pair of doubles victories on the day.
In the match against Oakland, the duo of senior Karalina Maksimava (Mogilev, Belarus)/junior Carli Knezevich (Lake Travis, Texas) won their fifth straight doubles match with a 6-1 win over Oakland's Alexandra Whall and Samantha Galloway.