Penguins Try For Fourth Straight Horizon League Championship

Sofia Macias
Sofia Macias

The Youngstown State women's tennis team will be looking to win its fourth consecutive Horizon League Championship when the Penguins take the court on Saturday at the Michigan Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Penguins (14-8) enter the Championships on an eight-match winning streak since a March 24 defeat to UIC. At the HL Championships, the Guins also have an eight-match winning streak.

Last year, the Guins defeated Oakland, UIC and Wright State en route to claiming their third title. This season, YSU shared the league's regular season title with Cleveland State and UIC, but is the top seed because of head-to-head tiebreakers.

YSU will face the winner of the No. 4 Detroit vs. No. 5 Oakland contest in the semifinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. No. 2 seed Cleveland State will face either UIC or Wright State in the other semifinal.

Leading the way for the Penguins are seniors Dominika Lackova and Nehel Sahni who will be going for their fourth title. Lackova and Sahni have each played key roles in the Penguins' previous three title runs. 

Last year, Sahni won three singels matches while Lackova picked up a key win in the in HL final. In 2015, Lackova won her singles matches in the semifinals and championship contest.

In league matches this year, YSU went a combined 40-14 in singles play and was 17-3 in finished doubles matches.

Sahni led the way with an 8-1 record. Freshman Imaan Hassim and Noelly Nsimba were 7-2 while Lackova and Sofia Macias were 6-3. At the other spot in the lineup, Ana Stroe was 4-3 while Cassandra Moraleja went 2-0.

In doubles, Sahni and Lackova were 6-0, Macias and Hassim were 6-1 while Stroe and Nsimba were 3-2 in completed matches.