April 3, 2011
Contact: Greg Murphy
WESTLAKE, Ohio - Cleveland State sophomore Maria Lazaris earned a straight set win at No. 5 singles, but the Vikings dropped a 6-1 decision to UIC on Sunday afternoon at the Paramount Tennis Club.
The loss drops the Vikings to 8-11 overall and 3-1 in the Horizon League.
The No. 1 doubles team of Alex Bush and Alex Power hung tough to start the day, but dropped a close 9-7 match. UIC also won at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to earn the point.
"We had a chance to win at No. 1 doubles, but UIC controlled the other two doubles matches," head coach Brian Etzkin said. "Maria was able to get us a quick point as the first singles match to finish and even up the score at 1-1, but unfortunately we could not come up with another point.
"We lost three three setters and two tiebreakers and those are the types of matches that the elite teams win. I feel that we are closing the gap and hopefully this will be a match that we can grow from and use in the future."
Lazaris, who won for the 11th time this season, earned a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.
The Vikings will be back in action on Saturday (April 9) for a 2:00 p.m. match at Wright State.
UIC 6, Cleveland State 1
Apr 03, 2011 at Westlake, Ohio (Paramount Tennis Club)
1. KOVALEVA, Mariya (UIC) def. Bjerrehus, Catrine (CSU) 6-1, 6-4
2. TSERTSVADZE, Teona (UIC) def. BUSH, Alex (CSU) 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
3. CRISTESCU, Ilinca (UIC) def. Sherwood, Kara (CSU) 6-0, 7-6
4. SIMONETTI, Elisa (UIC) def. Power, Alex (CSU) 5-7, 6-1, 6-2
5. Lazaris, Maria (CSU) def. KNOPPE, Jana (UIC) 6-3, 6-1
6. HRICISTOVA, Linda (UIC) def. Liu, Mengdi (CSU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
1. KOVALEVA, Mariya/HRICISTOVA, Linda (UIC) def. BUSH, Alex/POWER, Alex (CSU) 9-7
2. TSERTSVADZE, Teona/SIMONETTI, Elisa (UIC) def. BJERREHUS, Catrine/LAZARIS, Maria (CSU) 8-3
3. CRISTESCU, Ilinca/KNOPPE, Jana (UIC) def. SHERWOOD, Kara/LIU, Mengdi (CSU) 8-4