Zips Sweep UIC, Valparaiso to Extend Winning Streak to 12

Zips Sweep UIC, Valparaiso to Extend Winning Streak to 12

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VALPARAISO, Ind.- The Akron women's tennis team extended its winning streak to 12 with a pair of 7-0 victories on Saturday.

The Zips started the day with a 7-0 sweep of Illinois-Chicago at Match Point Tennis in Griffith, Ind. and closed things out by taking a 7-0 decision at Valparaiso on The Courts of Northwest Indiana.

Akron has won 12 straight matches and sits at 13-2 on the year. This marks the longest winning streak since the Zips began the 2010 season at 15-0.

The Flames drop to 5-4 on the season and Valparaiso falls to 0-7.

"I'm really happy with how we worked as a team today. Every player picked up a win today and this is an excellent confidence builder for everyone. We continue to pick up wins in a variety of ways and different players continue to step up and close out matches, which is extremely exciting to see as a coach," said head coach Brandon Padgett.

In the match against UIC, the Zips clinched the doubles point courtesy of wins from senior Karolina Maksimova (Mogilev, Belarus)/junior Carli Knezevich (Austin, Texas) and senior Shannon Newnes (Romford, London)/freshman Rita Pedroso (Porto, Portugal). Maksimova/Knezevich picked up a 6-2 win over UIC's Rachel Le Comber/Melika LeBlanc, while Newnes/Pedroso took a 6-1 decision against Georgie Sanders/Stefana Vasic.

At the No. 1 singles spot, junior Sophia Geier (Burgebrach, Germany) recorded her 12th straight win with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Sanders.

Junior Ariadna Blinova (Riga, Latvia) captured a three-set victory (6-2, 4-6, 6-4) against LeBlanc in the second singles match for the Zips.

Pedroso continued her hot streak by virtue of taking a 6-3, 6-4 decision against Bianca Zuzu in No. 3 singles action.

Maksimova and Newnes also registered wins in singles action for Akron. Maksimova notched a 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4) victory over Le Comber and Newnes got the best of Miranda Rodriguez, 6-3, 6-3 at the Nos. 4 and 5 singles spots respectively.

In No. 6 singles action, sophomore Luisa Echeverry (Cali, Colombia) took a straight-set (6-2, 6-2) win over Stefana Vasic.

Akron won all three doubles matches against Valparaiso to capture the doubles point as Knezevich/Maksimova registered a 7-5 win against Kathleen Hebble/Paige Heuer, Blinova/Geier remained unbeaten in doubles action with a 6-0 sweep and Newnes/Pedroso posted a 6-4 victory.

Blinova topped Hebble, 6-2, 6-0 in No. 1 singles action.

At the No. 2 singles spot, Pedroso won her 10th straight match by taking a 6-1, 6-4 decision against Heuer.

Echeverry recorded her second singles victory of the day with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over the Crusaders' Meg Modesto.

Knezevich and sophomore Carla Flores (Coahuila, Mexico) kept things rolling with wins in Nos. 4 and 5 singles action for the Zips. Knezevich picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win against Jordan Kopfer and Flores rallied to take a 1-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (4) three-set thriller over Dao Sysouvanh.

Junior Waverly Wituski (Springboro, Ohio) captured a 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory for Akron in the sixth singles match.

The Zips will return home to host Milwaukee on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m.


Match Point Tennis

March 4, 2017


1. Karolina Maksimova/Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Rachel Le Comber/Melika LeBlanc, 6-2

2. Ariadna Blinova/Sophia Geier (UA) vs. Miranda Rodriguez/Bianca Zuzu (UIC), 4-3 DNF (UA led)

3. Shannon Newnes/Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Georgie Sanders/Stefana Vasic, 6-1


1. Sophia Geier (UA) def. Georgie Sanders, 6-0, 6-1

2. Ariadna Blinova (UA) def. Melika LeBlanc, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

3. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Bianca Zuzu, 6-3, 6-4

4. Karolina Maksimova (UA) def. Rachel Le Comber, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (4)

5. Shannon Newnes (UA) def. Miranda Rodriguez, 6-3, 6-3

6. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Stefana Vasic, 6-2, 6-2

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 3, 1

Singles— 1, 6, 5, 3, 4, 2



The Courts of Northwest Indiana

March 4, 2017


1. Carli Knezevich/Karalina Maksimava (UA) def. Kathleen Hebble/Paige Heuer, 7-5

2. Ariadna Blinova/Sophia Geier (UA) def. Dao Sysouvanh/Randi Wind, 6-0

3. Shannon Newnes/Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Halle Roach/Jordan Kopfer, 6-4

Exhibition: Luisa Echeverry/Waverly Wituski (UA) def. Meg Modesto/Erin Staal, 6-2


1. Ariadna Blinova (UA) def. Kathleen Hebble, 6-2, 6-0

2. Rita Pedroso (UA) def. Paige Heuer, 6-1, 6-4

3. Luisa Echeverry (UA) def. Meg Modesto, 6-3, 6-3

4. Carli Knezevich (UA) def. Jordan Kopfer, 6-2, 6-4

5. Carla Flores (UA) def. Dao Sysouvanh, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 1-0 (4)

6. Waverly Wituski (UA) def. Randi Wind, 6-4, 7-6 (4)

Order of Finish:

Doubles— 2, 3, 1

Singles— 1, 4, 2, 3, 6, 5

Team Records:

Akron (13-2, 0-0 MAC)

Illinois-Chicago (5-4, 0-0 Horizon)

Valparaiso (0-7, 0-0 Horizon)