Brendel's Late Win Lifts Penguins Past Western Michigan

Annina Brendel
Annina Brendel

Kalamazoo, Mich. -- Youngstown State freshman Annina Brendel posted a three-set victory at No. 6 singles to lift the Penguins past Western Michigan 4-3 on Friday night at the West Hills Athletic Club.

YSU built a 3-1 lead by winning the doubles point and with singles wins Paula de Man at No. 1 and Marta Burak at No. 3. The Broncos tied the match by winning at No. 2 and No. 5. 

Brendel dropped her first set to Kelsey King 6-1, before rallying for a 6-3 win in set two forcing a third-and-deciding set. The two players traded volleys back and forth, with King taking a 2-1 lead with a break. King and Brendel traded breaks until Brendel tied the match at 4-4. Brendel held serve to make the set 5-4, and was able to break King to win both her individual and the team match.

YSU dropped the first doubles match falling 8-2 at No. 2, but bounced back to earn wins at No. 3 and No. 1 to earn the point.

The Penguins have a busy Saturday playing twice in Fort Wayne, Ind. The Guins will tangle with Robert Morris and Chicago State before playing host IPFW on Sunday.

YSU 4, Western Michigan 3

No. 1 - de Man (YSU) def. Nini Sjuashvili (WMU) - 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 - Kathleen Hawkins (WMU) def. Sadovnikova (YSU) - 7-6, 6-4
No. 3 - Burak (YSU) def. Jill Pastunink (WMU) - 6-3, 6-2
No. 4 - Maggie Remynse (WMU) def. Hankle (YSU) - 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 - Caroline Aleck (WMU) def. Jesko (YSU) - 7-5, 6-3
No. 6 - Brendel (YSU) def. Kelsey King (WMU) - 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

Order of Finish: 3,1,4,2,5,6

No. 1 - Burak/Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Pastunink/Sjuashvili (WMU) - 8-6
No. 2 -  Hawkins/Aleck (WMU) def. Brendel/Jesko (YSU) - 8-2
No. 3 - de Man/Hankle (YSU) def. King/Remynse (WMU) - 8-5

Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1