March 31, 2012
YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Miami fought off a pesky Eastern Michigan squad Saturday afternoon at the Chippewa Racquet Club, earning a 6-1 decision over the Eagles. The RedHawks won the doubles point and five of six singles matches for the victory.
The win was 29th in row during regular-season Mid-American Conference play for Miami, which improves to 9-9 overall and 4-0 in league play.
The Redhawks opened with an 8-2 win by Christine Guerrazzi and Riekie Honiball at No. 2, but found the doubles portion even after the Eagles (6-12, 2-1) took an 8-6 decision at No. 1. However, the No. 3 team of Nimisha Mohan and Christiana Raymond saved the point for Miami with an 8-5 victory, giving the RedHawks a 1-0 lead. Singles play started with a pair of quick Miami wins for a 3-0 advantage. Alix Thurman rebounded from her doubles defeat by dispatching her No. 5 opponent 6-1, 6-1. Then, Mohan won at 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4. Stephanie Danesis clinched the match with a win in the top flight, 6-4, 7-6 (12-10), while Raymond quickly followed with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 3.
Honiball earned the final Miami point at No. 2, snapping a four-match losing streak in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. EMU prevented the sweep by taking the No. 6 match.
After four straight league matches away from home, Miami returns to Oxford next week for action Friday and Saturday. The RedHawks host Bowling Green on April 6, then face Western Michigan the following day.
Tennis Match Results
Miami vs Eastern Michigan
Mar 31, 2012 at Ypsilanti, Mich.
(Chippewa Racquet Club)
Miami 6, Eastern Michigan 1
1. Stephanie Danesis (MIAMI) def. Nino Mebuke (EMU) 6-4, 7-6 (12-10)
2. Riekie Honiball (MIAMI) def. Miriam Westerink (EMU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
3. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) def. Ankita Bhatia (EMU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) def. Daphne Friedrichs (EMU) 6-3, 6-4
5. Alix Thurman (MIAMI) def. Mariya Toncheva (EMU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Marcela Rivero (EMU) def. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) 6-7 (5-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-8)
1. Miriam Westerink/Nino Mebuke (EMU) def. Stephanie Danesis/Alix Thurman (MIAMI) 8-6
2. Christine Guerrazzi/Riekie Honiball (MIAMI) def. Mariya Toncheva/Georgia deLisle-Tarr (EMU) 8-2
3. Nimisha Mohan/Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) def. Daphne Friedrichs/Marcela Rivero (EMU) 8-5
Miami 9-9, 4-0
Eastern Michigan 6-12, 2-1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (5,4,1,3,2,6)