Penguins Drop Hard-Fought Effort Against Akron

Lisa Khamassi
Lisa Khamassi

Streetsboro, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped a 5-2 decision to Akron on Tuesday afternoon at the Western Reserve Raquet Club in Streetsboro.

YSU won the doubles point with hard-fought wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles and Lisa Khamassi picked up a victory at 3. Cassandra Moraelja (No. 4) and Claudia Barboza (No. 6) dropped their matches in three sets.

In doubles, the Penguins found ways to win at both No. 2 and No. 3. At No. 3, Moraleja and Khamassi trailed 5-4 and faced a match point before tying the match 5-all. The Penguins won the final two points to earn the victory. At No. 3, Imaan Hassim and Barboza trailed early, but fought back to go ahead 5-4. The match was tied 5-5 and 6-6 forcing a tiebreaker. The Guins jumped out to a 4-1 lead before the Zips tied the tiebreaker at 4-all. The Guins scored the final three points to win tiebreaker 7-4 and the match 7-6.

The Zips took a 2-1 lead with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles before Khamassi finished off a 6-4, 6-3 win over Luisa Echeverry at No. 3.

The Guins had leads in the first sets at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6, but Akron rallied to win all three matches. Moraleja won her second set 6-1 at No. 4 over Rita Pedroso and Barboza won her first set 7-5 but dropped the second against Enya Forgaci 7-6 (2) at No. 6. The Zips won in straight sets at No. 5 over Elvira Esteo to take a 3-2 lead. At No. 6, Barboza dropped her third set 6-2 to Forgaci to give the match to the Zips (15-3). At No. 6, Moraleja dropped her third set, 6-2, for the final outcome.

The Penguins open Horizon League play on Saturday when they visit Green Bay.