PERRYSBURG – The Bowling Green State University tennis team picked up yet another win at the Perrysburg Tennis Center, downing Cleveland State University by a 6-1 final on Friday afternoon (Feb. 8). The win was the Falcons' sixth in a row.
BGSU is now 6-1 on the season, with the lone loss coming on the road against No. 19 Notre Dame. The Vikings drop to 1-4 in dual-match play.
Six different Falcons won at both singles and doubles on Friday as the Falcons improved to 4-0 at the Perrysburg Tennis Center this year to date.
The Falcons captured doubles matches at each of the top-two flights, with juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland downing CSU's Alex Power and Kara Sherwood by an 8-4 outcome at flight number one. The second flight saw Falcon seniors Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb top Alex Bush and Maria Lazaris, 8-5. The Vikings pulled out a narrow match at the third flight, as Mathilde Orange and Ellen Folkers squeaked past seniors Mary Hill and Jade Johnson, 8-6.
In singles action, the Falcons captured five of the six matches, each in the minimum number of sets. Chiricosta wasted little time in defeating Bush at the top flight, losing just one game in each set. Reuland also dropped only one game in her opening set at the second flight, and the junior was leading Power, 4-1, in the second set when the CSU junior was forced to retire.
Eccleston downed Orange in third-flight action by scores of 6-4 and 6-2, while Grubb and freshman Katie Brozovich picked up wins at the fifth and sixth flights, respectively. Grubb defeated Lazaris, while Brozovich downed Nicole Janek.
Freshman Drew Fillis picked up a pair of Friday wins, losing only two games in a straight-sets sweep of Mengdi Liu in singles, and teaming with Brozovich for an 8-1 doubles victory. The Falcons and Vikings played two singles matches and one doubles contest that did not count in the final match scoring.
CSU's lone point came when Sherwood defeated Hill at the fourth singles flight, coming out on top of a 7-5 decision in the second set.
Eccleston continued her climb toward the top of BGSU's career wins lists. Her doubles win on Friday was the 85th of her BG tenure, moving her past Jenny Cheung (84 wins from 1995-98) into sole possession of second place on that list. She trails school record-holder Christine Chiricosta by just four wins, as Chiricosta posted 89 doubles victories from 2008-11.
Eccleston's two wins on Friday give her a total of 151 combined career wins as a Falcon, the third-highest total in school history. She trails second-place Deidee Bissinger (153 wins from 1997-2000) by just two wins. Christine Chiricosta holds that record as well, with 178 total wins during her four years at BG.
Nikki Chiricosta, just a junior, now has 133 total wins, ranking her 12th at BG. She moved into a tie for 13th place on the doubles wins list, with 66, and now has 67 singles victories to place 15th in Falcon annals.
Another junior, Reuland, moved into the top 20 on the combined career wins list on Friday. With two victories vs. CSU, Reuland now has 122 wins as a Falcon, and moved past Patty Bank (121 wins from 1993-96) into 20th place. Reuland is tied with Bank for 19th on the singles wins list, with 63, and Reuland has 59 doubles wins, placing her in a tie for 18th on that BG chart.
Grubb won a pair of Friday matches, and now has113 total wins to rank 23rd in school history. Her 51 singles wins places her 24th at BG, and her total of 62 doubles wins ranks her 16th on that list.
Additionally, Grubb increased her current person win streak to 12 matches. Her last loss came in doubles play vs. Notre Dame back on Jan. 18, but she has won every match -- seven singles and five doubles contests -- since that time.
Several other Falcons kept win streaks alive as well, as Chiricosta has won 11 consecutive matches and Brozovich nine. Johnson saw an eight-match winning streak come to an end on Friday afternoon.
Chiricosta now has a team-leading 35 wins this season, with Reuland right behind with 33. Grubb now has 28 victories, while Brozovich has 26 and Eccleston 24. In fact, every player on the team has at least 17 total wins, and each of the eight Falcons is at least four games above the .500 mark.
BGSU is now a perfect 8-0 all-time in matches against Cleveland State, including a 7-0 record under coach Penny Dean and a 3-0 mark at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.