Penguins Fall To Michigan In NCAA Tournament First Round

Cassandra Moraleja hits a return agianst Michigan.
Cassandra Moraleja hits a return agianst Michigan.

Ann Arbor, Mich. - The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 10 Michigan in the opening round of NCAA Regionals on a sunny Friday afternoon at the Michigan Varsity Tennis Center.

YSU ends the season with a 16-9 record, tying for the second most wins in school history. The Wolverines (22-5) advance to play Kentucky in the second round on Saturday.

The Penguins battled for nearly two hours before Michigan clinched the match.

At No. 2 doubles, Sofia Macias and Imaan Hassim led Chiara Lommer and Brieene Minor 5-2 (15-Love) before the Wolverines clinched the doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 3.

At singles play, YSU hung tough at all six spots in the lineup.

Senior Dominika Lackova, playing in her final YSU match, lost a 6-0, 6-1 decision to 26th-ranked Kate Fahey at No. 1. Senior Nehel Sahni dropped a 6-2, 6-1 contest to Alex Najarian.

The Wolverines clinched the dual meet victory at No. 3 as Macias dropped a 6-3, 6-4 bout with Alex Najarian. 

At No. 2, Noelly Longi Nsimba hung tough with 24th-ranked Minor 6-1, 5-4, At No. 5, Hassim trailed 6-3, 5-1 to Mira Ruder-Hook. At No. 6, Cassandra Moraleja had four set points, but dropped a 7-6 (7-4) set to Annie Wierda. Wierda led 3-0 in the second set. 

No. 10 Michigan 4, Youngstown State 0

Singles
No. 1 -- No. 26 Kate Fahey (U-M) d. Dominika Lackova (YSU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 -- No. 24 Brienne Minor (U-M) vs. Noelly Longi Nsimba (YSU), 6-1, 5-4 abandoned
No. 3 -- Alex Najarian (U-M) d. Sofia Macias (YSU), 6-3, 6-4
No. 4 -- Chiara Lommer (U-M) d. Nehel Sahni (YSU), 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 -- Mira Ruder-Hook (U-M) vs. Imaan Hassim (YSU), 6-3, 5-1 abandoned
No. 6 -- Annie Wierda (U-M) vs. Cassandra Moraleja (YSU), 7-6 (4), 3-0 abandoned  

Doubles
No. 1 -- No. 9 Alex Najarian/Kate Fahey (U-M) d. Noelly Longi Nsimba/Ana Stroe (YSU), 6-0
No. 2 -- Sofia Macias/Imaan Hassim (YSU) vs. Chiara Lommer/Brienne Minor (U-M), 5-2 abandoned
No. 3 -- Mira Ruder-Hook/Valeria Patiuk (U-M) d. Nehel Sahni/Dominika Lackova (YSU), 6-2 

Order of Finish: Doubles 1-3; Singles 1-4-3