Penguins Win League Opener Edging Detroit 4-3

Paula de Man
Paula de Man

Boardman - The Youngstown State women's tennis team opened Horizon League play with a hard-fought 4-3 win over Detroit on Saturday at the Boardman Tennis Center.

For the Penguins (9-7 overall and 1-0 in HL) it was the first time they defeated Detroit in six tries and first win in a league opener since 2008-09. The Titans had their five match winning streak snapped and fall to 5-4 on the campaign.

YSU won the doubles point with Marta Burak and Margarita Sadovnikova earning an 8-3 win at No. 1 while Paula de Man and Lauren Hankle prevailed 8-6 at No. 2.

In singles play, de Man cruised to a win by taking the first set and then wrapping up the win when Chloe Karoub retired.

At No. 2, Sadovnikova earned a 6-4, 6-2 win over Nino Sujashvili and at No. 3, Burak defeated Irinia Slizovskaya 6-4, 6-1.

For the year, de Man is 14-1, Sadovnikova is 14-11 (8-6 in dual play) and Burak is 19-5 and 13-3 in duals.

The Titans won the other three singles matches.

YSU returns to action on Friday, March 29 when they visit Duquesne.

YSU 4, Detroit 3

Singles

No. 1 - de Man (YSU) def. Karoub (DET) - 6-0, retired
No. 2 - Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Sujashvili (DET) - 6-4, 6-2
No. 3 - Burak (YSU) def. Slizovskaya (DET) - 6-4, 6-1
No. 4 - Fernandes (DET) def. Jesko (YSU) - 6-1, 6-4
No. 5 - Kylikovskaya (DET) def. Hankle (YSU) - 6-2, 6-4
No. 6 - Strakhova (DET) - def. Brendel (YSU) - 6-2, 6-3

Doubles

No. 1 - Burak/Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Strakhova/Fernandes (DET) - 8-3
No. 2 - de Man/Hankle (YSU) def. Sujashvili/Kylikovskaya (DET) - 8-6
No. 3 - Halabi/Slizovskaya (DET) def. Brendel/Raicevic (YSU) - 8-4