Penguins Beat Wright State 6-1 to Cap Perfect Home Season

Sofia Macias
Sofia Macias

Boardman - The Youngstown State women's tennis team remained unbeaten in Horizon League play with a 6-1 win over Wright State on Sunday morning at the Boardman Tennis Center.

With the win, the Penguins improve to 12-9 overall and 7-0 in the Horizon League. The Raiders fall to 17-11 and 5-2. The win gave YSU a perfect home season in which it was 7-0 on the campaign.

The doubles point took nearly an hour to decide in the three-hour contest. Five of the six singles matches went three sets.

YSU picked up a 6-1 at No. 2 while the Raiders won at No. 1 by a score of 6-2. The point came down to a hotly-contested match at No. 3 between Ana Stroe and Anastasiia Khokhlova and WSU's Jilinana Milano and Madison Riley. The Penguins were able to claim a 7-6 win taking the tiebreaker 7-4.

The singles matches featured all-out play on both sides. 

YSU picked up the first win at Noelly Longi Nsimba defeated Karoline Haller 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 1. Next to pickup a win was Cassandra Moraleja at No. 6. Moraleja picked up a 6-3 in the first set over Grace Whitney. In the second set, they battled back-and-forth before Moraleja picked up a 7-6 tiebreaker win. She won the tiebreak 8-6 scoring the last three points.

Khokhlova picked up a hard-fought three-set victory of her own at No. 3. She won the first set 6-2 over Luisa Pelayo before dropping the second 5-7. Khokhlova came out strong to win the third by a score of 6-2.

After Tamara Teufl dropped a three-set match at No. 5, the Guins picked up two three set wins to finish of the match. The first was a come-from-behind win by Imaan Hassim at No. 4. Hassim lost her first set to Madison Riley 6-3 before coming back to win the next two 6-3, 6-1.

Senior Sofia Macias capped off her home YSU career with a memorable match. Macias lost the first set 7-6 (4) to Haily Morgan. Macias forced a third-set tiebreaker with a 6-4 victory in the second. In the third set, Macias trailed 5-1 before rallying to lead 8-7. However, Morgan had a match point at 9-8, but Macias tied the contest when Morgan hit a return into the net. Macias picked up the final two points to win the third set, 11-9.

The Penguins are next in action on Saturday when they travel to UIC.