Memphis Overpowers Miami

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Feb. 10, 2018

Box Score (PDF)

HAMILTON, Ohio – The Miami University women’s tennis team dropped their third match in a row Saturday, as the visiting Memphis Tigers controlled the RedHawks early and claimed a 5-0 victory. Miami falls to 2-4 on the season after today’s match, while Memphis improves to 4-3.

The doubles session featured three matches that followed a very similar pattern. With each match finishing nearly simultaneously, the RedHawks were unable to hold on as the Tigers claimed courts one and three by scores of 6-3 and won 6-2 on the second court.

Looking to bounce back from a slow start in the singles matches, the ‘Hawks couldn’t get much going at first. Memphis cruised to quick wins at second and third singles and appeared to be on the verge of doing so on the first court as well. However, reigning Mid-American Conference Player of the Week Nelli Ponomareva stormed back from a second-set hole to force a set three.

At this point, the Tigers clinched the match with a fifth-court win, and Ponomareva was barely clipped in back-and-forth 13-11 tiebreak for the third set. The two remaining matches were then left unfinished. On court six, Melati Devi was in control of the second set and looking to force a third, while junior Emily Struble seemed to be on the verge of a two-set victory before her match was abandoned.

The match’s full results can be found below.

The Red and White face a quick turnaround as they hit the road for an early-morning match tomorrow at Eastern Kentucky. Stay tuned to and follow @MiamiOH_Tennis on Twitter for updates on the meeting with the Colonels.

1. Bente/Wind (Memphis) def. Ponomareva/Devi (Miami) 6-3
2. Sohn/K. Cao (Memphis) def. Kalita/Babunski (Miami) 6-2
3. Sullivan/J. Cao (Memphis) def. Lysova/Struble (Miami) 6-3

Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

1. Hanna Sohn (Memphis) def. Nelli Ponomareva (Miami) 6-3, 5-7, 1-0 (13-11)
2. Laura Bente (Memphis) def. Milana Lysova (Miami) 6-2, 6-2
3. Anki Wind (Memphis) def. Priyana Kalita (Miami) 6-1, 6-2
4. Emily Struble (Miami) vs. Claire Sullivan (Memphis) 6-4, 3-2 (Unfinished)
5. Josephine Cao (Memphis) def. Lena Babunski (Miami) 6-2, 6-4
6. Melati Devi (Miami) vs. Katherine Cao (Memphis) 3-6, 5-4 (Unfinished)

Order of finish: 3, 2, 5, 1