The Bowling Green State University tennis team began the 'spring' schedule in style, posting a 6-1 win over Youngstown State University at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. The non-conference match marked the dual-match opener for both teams.
Five Falcons won at both singles and doubles, with four of those five capturing singles matches in straight sets. The group of double winners included seniors Nikki Chiricosta and Emily Reuland, sophomore Katie Brozovich and freshmen Hannah Drayton and Harley Hutchison. All seven BGSU team members won at least one match on the day.
Drayton and Hutchison teamed up for a 6-4 win at the third doubles flight, and each of those two first-year Falcons breezed to a win in singles play. Drayton lost only three total games in her sixth-flight singles win over YSU's Gimena Puppo, and Hutchison dropped just four total games in a fifth-flight sweep of Nehel Sahni.
Brozovich and Chiricosta captured a 6-2 win at the second doubles flight, downing Carolyn Jesko and Annina Brendel, and both players went on to singles victories as well. Chiricosta rallied from a first-set defeat to down Margarita Sadovnikova, with the Falcon senior winning a 7-6 second set, then capturing a third-set tiebreaker.
Chiricosta's win came at the top flight, while Brozovich won in straight sets at the third flight. Brozovich topped Dominika Lackova by scores of 6-3 and 6-2.
Reuland combined with sophomore Drew Fillis for a 6-4 victory over Sadovnikova and Marta Burak at the number-one doubles flight. In singles action, Reuland came out on top of Burak in a first-set tiebreaker, then rolled to a 6-1 win in the clinching set of their flight-two match.
YSU's lone point came at the fourth flight, where Brendel squeezed past Fillis in a third-set 'breaker. In a match that did not count in the overall match scoring, Falcon freshman Brittany Plaszewski posted an 8-2 victory over Victoria Ferry.
The Falcons now hit the road for the next two matches, heading to Pittsburgh and East Lansing on consecutive Saturdays. BGSU will face Duquesne next weekend (Feb. 1) before meeting Michigan State the following weekend (Feb. 8), with each match scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m. The day after the MSU match -- Sunday, Feb. 9 -- the Falcons will face UIC in a 9:30 a.m. match at the PTC.