Penguins Snap UIC Winning Streak With 4-3 Victory

Cassandra Moraleja
Cassandra Moraleja

Streetsboro, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's tennis team picked up a 4-3 win over UIC on Friday at the Western Reserve Racquet Club. The Flames had won 15 straight matches before falling to the Penguins.

YSU, which had dropped its last four league contests by 4-3 scores finally came out on the winning side of a 4-3 contest to had UIC its first Horizon League loss of the year. The Penguins improve to 5-18 overall and 2-6 in league play while the Flames drop to 17-5 and 7-1.

The Guins won a hard-earned doubles point with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. At No. 1, Tamara Teufl and Imaan Hassim won 6-4 over Lejlia Colic and Lucie Prochazkova. Both matches at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles went to a tiebreaker. At No. 2, Lucia Zagar and Elvira Esteo jumped out a to a 5-1 advantage in their tiebreaker against Rachel LeComber and Karnya Bihel. The Flames scored the next two points to pull within 5-3 and were within 6-5. But the Penguin pair won the tiebreaker 7-5 to give the Guins the point.

At No. 2 singles, Tamara Teufl had one of her best efforts of the season in a 6-0, 6-4 win over Bihel. But the other five matches all went to third sets with the match in doubt.

UIC claimed its first win at No. 6 before Lisa Khamassi finished off a come-from-behind 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 win over Prochazkova. The Flames earned a win at No. 5 singles to get within 3-2, but Cassandra Moraleja rallied for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4 to clinch the match for the Penguins.

In a back-and-forth battle at No. 1 singles, Hassim lost a marathon 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (10-8) bout with Colic. Each player had two match points before Colic scored the final two points the tiebreaker.

The Guins conclude their season on Saturday when they play host to IUPUI. First serve at the Avalon Athletic Club in Boardman is set for 7 p.m.