CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland State women's tennis team picked up a 6-1 victory over Oakland Saturday afternoon, remaining perfect in Horizon League play and staying undefeated at the Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion this season.
PDF BOX SCORE | Cleveland State 6, Oakland 1
· Cleveland State picked up the doubles point for the sixth straight match, and has won the doubles point in all four Horizon league matches so far this season.
· Kateryna Avram notched her team-leading 21st singles win of the season Saturday afternoon, improving to 14-3 this spring.
· With her win at the top of the singles lineup against Oakland, Isabella Spindler notched her 56th career victory, ranking 13th on the CSU Singles Wins List.
· Saturday's win put the Vikings at 4-0 in #HLWTEN play, marking the third time over the last four years that they have won four straight league matches.
· With the 6-1 victory over Oakland, the Vikings remained undefeated at home this season, improving to 7-0 at the MMTP.
· Cleveland State now stands at 11-7 overall this year.
The Vikings were able to pick up the first point of the match against the Grizzlies, earning the doubles point with wins at the top two spots. At No. 1 doubles, Isabella Spindler and Klara Mrcela picked up a 6-0 win to improve to 4-1 this season, while Lara Prosenjak and Kateryna Avram earned a 6-3 win at the No. 2 spot, improving to 5-1 on the spring.
Cleveland State then carried this momentum throughout the start of singles play, winning first sets on five of the six singles courts.
Gaby Schoenberg picked the first singles point of the day, giving Cleveland State a 2-0 lead after posting a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles. The Vikings then gained a 3-0 advantage following a 6-3, 6-0 win from Prosenjak at the No. 3 spot, while Siân Payne clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 4 singles.
Oakland was then able to get on the board with a win at No. 2 singles, but the Vikings responded with another singles win from Avram at the No. 6 spot (6-2, 6-7 (5), 1-0(2)) to take a 5-1 lead with one singles match remaining.
The No. 1 singles match was the final match on the court Saturday, as Spindler battled for a 7-6(4) win in the first set before dropping the second set 6-1, to force a third set tiebreaker. Spindler came out strong in the tiebreaker, taking a 4-0 lead that she would go on to hold until she captured a 10-6 third set tiebreaker win to claim the match.
From The Sidelines
"This was a good win for us today, we had a great team effort from start to finish, and I'm very happy with how everyone performed. We came out strong in doubles, as all three doubles teams played really well to get us on the board early."
"Gaby, Siân and Lara came out really strong in singles and clinched the match quickly for us, which was great to see. I'm so proud of Isabella, she played a tough match and pulled out the victory after playing extremely well in the third set tiebreaker. Kate was able to pick up another win for us, but she had to fight for a third set tiebreaker win, which was nice to see her respond when she was pushed by her opponent. Although she wasn't able to pick up the win today, I'm proud of the fight that Klara had throughout her entire singles match, playing with a focused energy from beginning to end."
"Now we have a quick turnaround to Detroit Mercy tomorrow, so we will have to be ready for another tough Horizon League battle as we continue to grind out the league slate." – head coach Frank Polito
· The Vikings will return to the courts tomorrow (Sunday, April 7), taking on Detroit Mercy at 2:00 p.m.
Doubles (1, 2)
1. Spindler/Mrcela (CSU) def. Thielman/Maltseva (OAK), 6-0
2. Prosenjak/Avram (CSU) def. Nilsson/Whall (OAK), 6-3
3. Payne/Schoenberg (CSU) vs. Artamonova/Galloway (OAK), 5-2, unf.
Singles (5, 3, 4, 2, 6, 1)
1. Isabella Spindler (CSU) def. Ava Thielman (OAK), 7-6(4), 1-6, 1-0(6)
2. Darya Maltseva (OAK) def. Klara Mrcela (CSU), 6-4, 6-2
3. Lara Prosenjak (CSU) def. Samantha Galloway (OAK), 6-3, 6-0
4. Siân Payne (CSU) def. Dasha Artamonova (OAK), 6-1, 6-2
5. Gaby Schoenberg (CSU) def. Alexandra Whall (OAK), 6-2, 6-2
6. Kateryna Avram (CSU) def. Sofia Borcuti (OAK), 6-2, 6-7(5), 1-0(2)