YSU Battles Akron Before Falling 4-3

Annina Brendel
Annina Brendel

Akron, Ohio - The Youngstown State women's tennis team dropped a hard-fought 4-3 decision to Akron, the two-time defending Mid-American Conference champs, on Thursday at the LaTuchie Tennis Center.

The Penguins split the singles matches winning at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 while the Zips picked up the key doubles point and earned victories at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6.

In doubles action, the Zips (8-6) won the point by winning at No. 1 and No. 3. Paula de Man and Lauren Hankle cruised to an 8-3 decision over Madison Cohen and Angelika Jogasuria.

Akron was ahead 4-0 before the Penguins (6-4) won the last three singles matches. After YSU dropped decisions in straight sets at No. 6 and No. 4, the Zips clinched the match at No. 3 as Marta Burak was defeated 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 by UA's Olga Shkundina.

At No. 1, Paula de Man defeated Jogasuria 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. Margarita Sadovnikova earned a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) decision over Prang Pantusart at No. 2 while while Annina Brendel picked up a 6-4, 6-7 (2), 1-0 (10-7) victory over Signe Lazdina.

With the win, de Man improves to 8-1 on the season with all eight wins coming at No. 1 singles in dual play.

YSU continues a busy stretch on Friday when they play host to St. Bonaventure. First serve at the Boardman Tennis Center is set for Noon.

Akron 4, Youngstown State 3

Doubles:
1. Prang Pantusart/Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) def. Burak/ Sadovnikova (YSU) 8-0
2. de Man/Hankle (YSU) def. Madison Cohen/Angelika Jogasuria (Akron) 8-3
3. Olga Shkundina/Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Jesko/Brendel (YSU) 8-5

Singles:
1. de Man (YSU) def. Angelina Jogasuria (Akron) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
2. Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Prang Pantusart (Akron) 7-6 (4), 4-6, 1-0 (5)
3. Olga Shkundina (Akron) def. Burak (YSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
4. Ksenia Berestetska (Akron) def. Jesko (YSU) 6-2, 6-0
5. Brendle (YSU) def. Signe Lazdina (Akron) 6-4, 6-7 (7-2), 1-0 (7)
6. Madison Cohen (Akron) def. Gimena Puppo (YSU) 6-0, 6-0

Order of finish:
Doubles – 1, 2, 3
Singles – 6, 4, 3, 2, 1, 5

Team records:
Akron – 8-6
Youngstown State – 6-4