The Toledo women's tennis team fell to No. 4 seed Ball State, 4-1, at the Miller Tennis Center during the quarterfinal round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament in Buffalo, N.Y. on Friday.
"We came out in doubles and dominated, but just didn't have enough in singles," said head coach Tracy Mauntler. "It's obviously not the way we had it planned, but this team has given me so much fight all year long. We are a young team, and I believe this experience for the freshmen is invaluable. They know what to expect and will be motivated to work this summer."
The Rockets started off strong, capturing the doubles point with wins on the No. 1 and No. 2 courts. With the No. 3 court falling first, junior Dee Dee Leenabanchong and senior Kokoro Chishaki finished off Rebecca Herrington/Audrey Berger, 6-4, on the No. 1 court. As the last court on, senior Thalita Rodrigues and freshman Kiersten Carlson managed to fend off Isabelle Dohanics/Peyton Gollhofer, 6-3, to secure the point.
Despite their 1-0 edge going into singles play, the Rockets dropped contests on the No. 1, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 courts. Leenabanchong and Rodrigues both dropped their first sets in tiebreaks on the No. 1 and No. 5 courts, respectively, before each dropped their second set by a 6-3 margin.
Freshman Eileen Carney and senior Claire Aleck were locked into three-set battles on the No. 2 and No. 6 courts, respectively, before their matches were called. Carney had defeated Gollhofer, 6-3, in the first set before dropping a close second 7-5 to enter the third. Aleck came back from a 6-2 loss in the first set to take the second set 6-4 over Victoria Sec. Carney was down 2-1 and Aleck was up 2-1 in their respective third sets.
No. 4 seed Ball State 4, No. 5 seed Toledo 1
1. Dee Dee Leenabanchong/Kokoro Chishaki (UT) def. Rebecca Herrington/Audrey Berger (BALLST) 6-4
2. Thalita Rodrigues/Kiersten Carlson (UT) def. Isabelle Dohanics/Peyton Gollhofer (BALLST) 6-4
3. Victoria Sec/Sarah Swiderski (BALLST) def. Claire Aleck/Eileen Carney (UT) 6-2
1. Audrey Berger (BALLST) def. Dee Dee Leenabanchong (UT) 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
2. Peyton Gollhofer (BALLST) vs. Eileen Carney (UT) 3-6, 7-5, 2-1, unfinished
3. Sarah Swiderski (BALLST) def. Kokoro Chishaki (UT) 6-2, 6-3
4. Rebecca Herrington (BALLST) def. Christina Fuller (UT) 6-3, 6-4
5. Isabelle Dohanics (BALLST) def. Thalita Rodrigues (UT) 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
6. Victoria Sec (BALLST) vs. Claire Aleck (UT) 6-2, 4-6, 1-2, unfinished