Miami Falls Short in Upset Bid
Feb. 26, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Miami jumped out to an early lead, but Penn State came back with wins in the final two matches to defeat the RedHawks 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the Indoor Tennis Center. Riekie Honiball and Christiana Raymond won during singles, plus Miami earned the doubles point.
Miami started strong, but then had to rally to win the doubles point. Stephanie Danesis and Alix Thurman opened a 3-1 lead at No. 1, saw the Nittany Lions close to 6-5 before winning 8-6. At No. 2, Riekie Honiball and Christine Guerrazzi lead 4-1, but dropped the next five games to trail 6-4. But the RedHawk duo responded with four in a row to claim and 8-6 decision. Penn State captured the No. 3 match by a similar 8-6 score.
Penn State quickly took the lead by winning the first two singles matches, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 and 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1. Miami evened the score at 2-2 when Raymond posted a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 4. Honiball moved the RedHawks back in front by taking the No. 2 pairing, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.
But the final two matches, which started late due to court space. swung to Penn State. The Nittany Lions won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 to even the match. Freshman Alix Thurman took her opponent Marie Bedard to a tiebreaker in the first set, but couldn't take the lead. Bedard cruised to a 6-0 win in the second set.
After seven straight matches on the road, Miami returns home Saturday to host Louisville. Start time is 1 p.m.
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