OXFORD, Ohio – Miami University’s tennis team returns home to take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Xavier Musketeers in head-to-head action on Friday and Sunday after a busy weekend away.
The RedHawks are back in action after a trip to Louisville where they faced off with the Georgia State Panthers and the Louisville Cardinals. The team was forced to play down a player with senior Andreea Badileanu out due to illness.
On Saturday, Miami fell to Georgia State, (6-1) with sophomore Emily Struble contributing a singles victory for the RedHawks. The Michigan-native captured a win at No. 3, when she downed her opponent, Lara Vovk, in straight sets, (6-3, 6-1). Struble paired up with sophomore Anzhelika Shapovalova to handily defeat Kristin Rehse and Damira Muminovic, (6-2).
Miami returned on Sunday to take on the Louisville Cardinals which ultimately resulted in a (6-1) loss for the ‘Hawks. The duo of juniors Nelli Ponomareva and Anastasiia Vasiukhina captured a win for Miami in the doubles competition after topping Mariana Humber and Abbie Pahz (6-4). Ponomareva returned in the singles competition to put the RedHawks on the board with a win over Sena Suswanm in a battle of a match (6-1, 6-7 (7-10), 10-6).
This weekend’s losses set the Red & White back as they will enter Friday’s competition at a 1-4 record for the season. Eastern Kentucky is coming off a recent loss to Xavier University (6-1) back on Feb. 10 and currently rest at a 2-4 on the season. When the two teams met last season, Miami topped EKU, 5-2. In program history, the RedHawks lead the Colonels 13-4 in the all-time series.
Xavier is coming off a recent loss as well after falling to Michigan State, (5-2) on Sunday. The Musketeers are entering the competition with an overall record of 1-5. In overall series history, Miami leads Xavier, 9-5. When the two teams met last season, Miami fell 6-1.
Friday’s match is tabbed to begin at 4 p.m. at the Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton, Ohio. The RedHawks will then travel to Cincinnati on Sunday to play against Xavier with the competition set to kick off at 4 p.m.