STREETSBORO, Ohio – The Cleveland State women's tennis team remained perfect in Horizon League play Saturday evening, picking up a 6-1 victory against defending champion Youngstown State. With the win, the Vikings now stand at 9-7 overall this spring and 3-0 in league play.
PDF BOX SCORE | Cleveland State 6, Youngstown State 1
· Cleveland State improved to 3-0 in #HLWTEN play with the 6-1 victory against Youngstown State, posting three straight wins to begin league play for the third time out of the last four years.
· Kateryna Avram picked up her team-leading 19th singles win of the season with her victory at No. 6 singles against YSU, and now owns a team-best 12-3 record this spring.
· With her win at the top of the singles lineup against the Penguins, Isabella Spindler picked up her 55th career win, tied for 13th on the CSU Singles Wins List.
· Saturday's match closed out a six-match roadswing for the Vikings, and snapped a three-match winstreak for the Penguins in the CSU-YSU series.
Cleveland State was able to pick up the early doubles point for the third time during Horizon League play this season, earning a pair of wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. Lara Prosenjak and Kateryna Avram notched a 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot, while Gaby Schoenberg and Siân Payne earned a 6-4 win at the No. 3 spot to put the Vikings up 1-0 heading into singles action.
Avram then gave the Vikings a quick 2-0 advantage after picking up a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles, winning her fifth straight singles match.
Although the Penguins were able to get on the board with a win at No. 2 singles, the Vikings responded with wins on the final four singles courts, cruising to the 6-1 match victory.
Prosenjak gave the Vikings a 3-1 advantage with a win at No. 3 singles, battling for a 6-2, 7-6(8) victory for her eighth win of the spring season.
The clinching point came from Schoenberg at the No. 5 spot, as she earned a 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory to put the Vikings at 9-7 overall this year.
The Vikings also picked up a pair of wins from Payne at No. 4 singles and Isabella Spindler at the top of the lineup, closing out their current six-match roadswing on a four-match winstreak.
From The Sidelines
"This was a great win for us today, the team played with a lot of fight throughout the entire match, and really put forth an entire team effort from the start of doubles play all the way until the end of singles action. It was so nice to see Gaby earn the clinching point in this match, as she was able to pick up a redemption win from the last time we faced YSU. I'm so proud of everyone, but I thought that Siân and Isabella definitely showed some focus and fight after battling for three-set wins. Lara played another strong tiebreaker for us, never giving up and playing mentally tough throughout the entire match. As always, Kate got us off to a quick 2-0 lead after picking up an efficient win in her singles match, and she continues to be a strong presence for us down at the bottom of the lineup." – Head Coach Frank Polito
· Cleveland State will close out its non-league slate on Wednesday, April 3, hosting Dayton at 2:00 p.m. in the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion.
Doubles (2, 3, 1)
1. Zagar/Esteo (YSU) def. Spindler/Mrcela (CSU), 6-4
2. Prosenjak/Avram (CSU) def. Hassim/Barboza (YSU), 6-1
3. Schoenberg/Payne (CSU) def. Moraleja/Khamassi (YSU), 6-4
Singles (6, 2, 3, 5, 4, 1)
1. Isabella Spindler (CSU) def. Imaan Hassim (YSU), 7-5, 0-6, 6-4
2. Lisa Khamassi (YSU) def. Klara Mrcela (CSU), 6-4, 6-4
3. Lara Prosenjak (CSU) def. Cassandra Moraleja (YSU), 6-2, 7-6(8)
4. Siân Payne (CSU) def. Elvira Esteo (YSU), 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-0
5. Gaby Schoenberg (CSU) def. Lucia Zagar (YSU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. Kateryna Avram (CSU) def. Claudia Barboza (YSU), 6-0, 6-2