Fort Wayne, Ind. - For the second time in four matches, freshman Annina Brendel won the deciding match as the Youngstown State women's tennis team beat IPFW 4-3 on Sunday at the Pine Ridge Racquet and Fitness Club.
YSU won two of three doubles matches to a take a 1-0 lead over the Mastodons.
In singles action, Paula de Man cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 win over Anita Henestrosa at No. 1 to give the Guins a 2-0 lead. IPFW's Miloslava Shustova cut the deficit in half with a win over YSU's Lauren Hankle at No. 4.
Trailing 3-2, Margarita Sadovnikova won a three-set battle with Caterina Kiefer 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to even the match at three-all. At No. 6 singles, Brendel won the first set before Theresa Neumyer force a winner-take-all third set by winning 6-2. In the third set, Brendel was able to pull out a 6-4 win to give the Penguins the dual victory.
YSU has won five straight duals and improves to 5-2 on the season. The Guins return to action next Saturday when they host Ball State at 5 p.m. at the Boardman Tennis Center.
YSU 4, IPFW 3
No. 1 - de Man (YSU) def. Anita Henestrosa (IPFW) - 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 - Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Caterina Kiefer (IPFW) - 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
No. 3 - Burak (YSU) def. Kristine Lindal (IPFW) - 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 - Miloslava Shustova (IPFW) def. Hankle (YSU) - 6-4, 6-0
No. 5 - Marcy Huck (IPFW) def. Jesko (YSU) - 6-3, 6-0
No. 6 - Brendel vs. Theresa Neumyer - 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 5, 2, 6
No. 1 - Kiefer/Henestrosa (IPFW) def. Burak/Sadovnikova (YSU) - 8-5
No. 2 - Huck/Lindal (IPFW) def. Brendel/Jesko (YSU) - 8-0
No. 3 - Hankle/de Man (YSU) def. Neumeyr/Shustova (IPFW) - 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1