Penguins Fall Short At Northern Kentucky

Cassandra Moraleja
Cassandra Moraleja

Cincinnati, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped another tough 4-3 decision in Horizon League play falling to Northern Kentucky on Friday at the Lindner Tennis Center at Lunken. 

YSU again won the doubles point, but the Norse claimed the victory with four wins during singles play. Winning singles matches for the Penguins were Cassandra Moraleja at No. 4 and Lucia Zagar at No. 6. The Norse won the match with a three-set win at No. 2 singles.

In doubles, Zagar and Elvira Esteo defeated Maria Koo and Elizabeth Rozin, 6-2 at No. 2 while Moraleja and Lisa Khamassi won 6-3 at No. 3 against Autumn Clark and Katja Dijanezevic. 

The Norse won the first three completed singles matches at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5. Zagar battled for a 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 win over Hannah Watson at No. 6. Moraleja fought for a 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 win over Taylor Culbertson. 

Unfortunately at No. 2, Khamassi dropped a tough 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 contest to Maria Koo for the final outcome.

YSU falls to 4-17 overall and 1-5 in the Horizon League while NKU improves to 7-9 and 3-3.

The Penguins return to action at Wright State on Saturday. First serve for the contest against the Raiders is 2 p.m.

Northern Kentucky 4, Youngstown State 3

Singles (Order of Finish: 5,1,3,6,4,2*)
1. Margita Sunjic (NKU) def. Imaan Hassim (YSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Maria Koo (NKU) def. Lisa Khamassi (YSU) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(7)
3. Elizabeth Rozin (NKU) def. Tamara Teufl (YSU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Cassandra Moraleja (YSU) def. Taylor Culbertson (NKU)  6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(7)
5. Katja Dijanezevic (NKU) def. Elvira Esteo (YSU) 6-1, 6-1
6. Lucia Zagar (YSU) def. Hannah Watton (NKU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-3

Doubles (Order of Finish: 2,3*)
1. Taylor Culbertson/Margita Sunjic (NKU) vs. Tamara Teufl/Imaan Hassim (YSU), abandoned
2. Lucia Zagar/Elvira Esteo (YSU) def. Maria Koo/Elizabeth Rozin (NKU) 6-2
3. Cassandra Moraleja/Lisa Khamassi (YSU) def. Autumn Clark/Katja Dijanezevic (NKU) 6-3