West Lafayette, Ind. - The Youngstown State women's tennis team advanced to the Horizon League Championship match for the sixth consecutive year with a 4-2 win over Cleveland State in the semifinals on Saturday at the indoor courts at the Schwartz Tennis Center at Purdue.
The Penguins, who have won the event four straight times, advance to take on fellow co-regular-season champion UIC in the finals on Sunday morning. First serve for the contest is set for 10 a.m. YSU and UIC last met in the title match in 2013.
To earn the chance to take on the Flames, the Guins had to knock off the Vikings (12-13).
YSU (15-10) opened the match by taking the key doubles point.
At No. 2, Noelly Longi Nsimba and Imaan Hassim claimed a 6-1 win over CSU's Gaby Schoenberg and Jana Schober. With the Guins trailing 5-4 at No. 3, the No. 1 pairing of Tamara Teufl and Sofia Macias picked up a 6-2 triumph to defeat Isabella Spindler and Ola Golawska.
All six singles matches saw back-and-forth contests, but the Penguins' ultimately earned the win as Teufl, Nsimba and Macias all earned wins.
Teufl gave the Guins a 2-0 lead in the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Rachel Lenoan at No. 5. However, Cleveland State picked up a pair of wins as Jana SchSchober defeated Imaan Hassim 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2 and Lenoan came back to beat Anastasiia Khokhlova 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.
The Penguins pulled ahead on a hard-fought win at No. 1 by Nsmiba. In the first set tiebreaker, she trailed Spindler 5-3 before scoring the last four points to win 7-6 (5). In the second set, she scored the last three points after falling behind 4-3 to take a 6-4 victory.
Cassandra Moraleja and Macias were in the early stages of their third sets when Nsimba won. Macias rebounded after dropping a 7-6 (3) tiebreaker in the first set to beat Schoenberg 6-2, 6-1 in the remaining two sets and clinch a hard-fought win for the Penguins. Morleja trailed in her match, 4-6, 6-3, 4-1 when the contest was clinched.