PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The Bowling Green State University tennis team won the doubles point for the eighth consecutive match, and that point proved to be crucial as the Falcons held off IPFW by a 4-3 score on Friday afternoon (Feb. 22). The non-conference dual match was held at the Perrysburg Tennis Center.
With the win, BGSU improves to 8-1 on the season, and the Falcons have won eight matches in a row since a road loss to No. 19 Notre Dame.
The Mastodons are now 6-5 in dual-match play this year.
"This was the closest match we have had since Notre Dame," said BGSU head coach Penny Dean. "IPFW is a solid team, and they just kept going.
"In some of our matches during this streak, the other team has not been able to match our aggressiveness. But today, IPFW kept battling, and matched that aggressiveness and intensity in many cases."
The Falcons captured the doubles point, although the result was not as easily earned as in previous matches. Juniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland made relatively quick work of their opponents, Miloslava Shustova and Theresa Neumeyr, at the second flight. The BG duo opened up a quick 5-1 lead en route to an 8-3 win.
The other two flights, however, were very closely contested. At the top flight, a back-and-forth match wound up going the Mastodons' way. IPFW seniors Caterina Kiefer and Anita Henestrosa posted an 8-6 win, rallying to capture the last three games against Falcon seniors Maddy Eccleston and Katie Grubb.
That left the doubles point in the hands of the number-three flight, and BG seniors Mary Hill and Jade Johnson came through. The Falcon duo led 6-2, then saw IPFW's Marcy Huck and Kristine Lindal narrow the gap to 7-6. But, Hill and Johnson captured the next game to give the Falcons the initial point.
"The doubles point was very close," said Dean. "And, in singles, IPFW was strong in all six flights, and they never let up. They made us work for everything we got today."
In singles play, all six matches finished in the minimum two sets. The Mastodons got the first win, as Shustova defeated Hill at the fourth flight. Soon after, however, the Brown and Orange got a pair of victories, as Grubb and freshman Katie Brozovich closed out wins at the fifth and sixth flights, respectively.
Grubb topped Huck by identical 6-3 scores, while Brozovich defeated Neumeyr by results of 6-4 and 6-3. Within the span of less than a minute, BGSU's lead had grown to 3-1.
The ‘Dons gained a point back, as Kiefer outlasted Eccleston in a 7-5 second set at the number-three flight. That second set saw both players go on multiple-game runs on several occasions, with Kiefer making the final such run by winning the last three games.
Chiricosta clinched the match victory for the Brown and Orange, defeating Lindal at the second flight. After winning a narrow first set in a tiebreaker, the BG junior dismantled her IPFW foe in a 6-1 second set to give the Falcons the win. Henestrosa defeated Reuland in a 6-4 first set at the top flight, then won the second set in a tiebreaker to give the ‘Dons a third point.
"Katie and Katie winning back-to-back matches so close together was a momentous spark for our team," said Dean. "And, with her opponent hitting winners all day, Nikki could have given up, but she never gives up and today was no exception.
"Nikki did a great job, both mentally and physically, to frustrate her opponent and pull out the match. It was another great performance from her, and the kind of effort that we've come to expect."
In a singles match not included in the final match scoring, Falcon freshman Drew Fillis lost just five total games in a straight-sets victory over Sonya Sorokina.
BGSU is back in action Sunday morning (Feb. 24), continuing a season-long seven-match homestand against California (Pa.). First serve is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the PTC.
BGSU 4, IPFW 3
Fri., Feb. 22, 2013 – Perrysburg Tennis Center – Perrysburg, Ohio
1 – Anita Henestrosa (IPFW) def. Emily Reuland 6-4, 7-6(6)
2 – Nikki Chiricosta (BGSU) def. Kristine Lindal 7-6(4), 6-1
3 – Caterina Kiefer (IPFW) def. Maddy Eccleston 6-3, 7-5
4 – Miloslava Shustova (IPFW) def. Mary Hill 6-2, 6-3
5 – Katie Grubb (BGSU) def. Marcy Huck 6-3, 6-3
6 – Katie Brozovich (BGSU) def. Theresa Neumeyr 6-4, 6-3
# – Drew Fillis (BGSU) def. Sonya Sorokina 6-3, 6-2
# exhibition; not included in final match scoring
1 – Kiefer/Henestrosa (IPFW) def. Eccleston/Grubb 8-6
2 – Chiricosta/Reuland (BGSU) def. Neumeyr/Shustova 8-3
3 – Hill/Jade Johnson (BGSU) def. Huck/Lindal 8-6
ORDER OF FINISH
UP NEXT FOR BGSU
Sun., Feb. 24, vs California (Pa.)
9:30 a.m. - Perrysburg Tennis Centerr