PERRYSBURG – The Bowling Green State University tennis team's path to victory on Sunday afternoon had a familiar ring to it. For the fourth consecutive match, the Falcons swept all three doubles matches, and carried that momentum into singles play. On Sunday (Feb. 3), that formula resulted in a 6-1 win over the University of Evansville at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the victory, the Falcons improve to 5-1 on the season, and BGSU has won five matches in a row since a road loss to No. 19 Notre Dame. The Purple Aces drop to 2-3 in dual-match play.
"We got off to a very strong, aggressive start in doubles play, and continued that trend into singles," said BGSU head coach Penny Dean. "We had solid performances up and down the lineup today."
For the fourth time in as many matches, the Falcons captured all three doubles contests. In all four of those matches, BGSU has then taken that momentum into singles play, winning at least five of the six matches to secure the win.
On Sunday, BGSU dropped a total of just four games in the three doubles matches. At the third flight, the Falcons' duo of senior Jade Johnson and freshman Drew Fillis picked up an 8-3 win over UE's Gaby Fifer and Kelsey Costales.
The other two doubles matches saw the Falcons lose just one combined game. At flight number two, seniors Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb swept the Aces' Mina Milovic and Marina Moreno, 8-0, while BGSU juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland captured an 8-1 decision over Natasha James and Marketa Trousilova.
In singles action, Trousilova squeaked past Eccleston at the third flight, winning a 7-5 first set en route to victory, but that would be UE's only win of the day.
The top-two flights saw BGSU juniors win by identical scores. Both Chiricosta at the top flight and Reuland at the second level won 6-2 opening sets, then reeled off six-straight victories in the second set. Chiricosta defeated James, while Reuland topped Milovic.
Grubb and fellow senior Mary Hill each lost a total of just four games, as Hill downed Moreno at the fourth flight and Grubb bested Costales at the fifth. The sixth flight saw freshman Katie Brozovich lose only five games in her straight-sets win over Fifer.
Over the last five matches, BGSU has a combined record of 27-3 in singles and 14-1 in doubles.
BGSU's seven-match homestand continues next week with two more duals at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. The Falcons will host Cleveland State on Friday afternoon (Feb. 8), before meeting Cincinnati Sunday morning (Feb. 10).