PERRYSBURG – The Bowling Green State University tennis team increased its winning streak to seven matches Sunday morning (Feb. 10), picking up a 4-3 victory over the visiting University of Cincinnati. The non-conference dual match was held at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 7-1 on the season. BGSU has won seven consecutive dual matches since a road loss to then-No. 19 Notre Dame.
The Brown and Orange had little trouble during the doubles portion of the match, earning a sweep for the first point of the day. At the number-one flight, juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland defeated Ashleigh Witte and Sierra Sullivan by an 8-3 final. That was the closest result during doubles.
BG captured 8-2 results at both the second and third flights, with two seniors winning in each case. The number-two flight saw Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb topping Caitlin O'Gara and Jasmine Lee, while Mary Hill and Jade Johnson dropped just two games in a third-flight win over Kelly Poggensee-Wei and Kristina Georgieva.
A pair of Falcon freshmen, Katie Brozovich and Drew Fillis, downed their UC opponents, Hannah Wille and Carly Wilson by an 8-0 final in a fourth-flight match that did not count in the final scoring.
The Falcons won the opening set in all six singles matches. In three of those contests, BGSU went on to win the second set, earning the required four points to capture the overall match win. The other three singles contests, however, saw the Bearcats battle back to capture three-set victories.
BG's juniors won in straight sets, as Reuland dropped just two total games in her sweep of Lee at the top flight. Both sets of that match ended in 6-1 scores.
Chiricosta rolled through a 6-0 first-set win against O'Gara, then pulled out a 7-5 win in the second set at flight number two.
Brozovich rolled along to a sixth-flight win, dropping only four games in a sweep of Hannah Wille.
Witte, Poggensee-Wei and Sullivan all recorded come-from-behind victories for the Bearcats. Witte downed Eccleston in third-flight action, while Poggensee-Wei defeated Hill at the fourth flight. Both of those matches ended with a 6-3 result in the third set.
The fifth-flight battle saw Sullivan eke out a 6-4 win over Grubb in the third set to capture the match.
The Falcons are idle next weekend, but BGSU continues a season-long seven-match homestand with a pair of contests at the Perrysburg Tennis Center the following weekend. BG will take on IPFW on Feb. 22 and California (Pa.) on Feb. 24.