ONU women's tennis team falls in NCAA second round
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 7:40 AM
CHICAGO (Ill.) -- The Ohio Northern women's tennis team saw its season come to a close with a 5-0 loss to No. 8 University of Chicago in the second round of the NCAA III Tournament on Saturday afternoon at the University of Chicago's Stagg Courts.
Northern ends is campaign at 27-5, while the Maroons are now 17-5 and will play No. 26 Wisconsin-Whitewater in the regional finals.
The 27 victories for ONU is a new program record.
The Maroons won all three doubles courts to take control of the match.
The tandem of sophomore Brittany Miller and Taryn Stromback lost a tough 8-5 decision at No. 2 doubles.
Freshman Rachael Miller and junior Michelle Tuma erased an early 0-5 deficit, only to fall 8-6 at No. 1 doubles.
In singles play, freshman Meghan Letizia and junior Carly Olmstead both lost tight first sets and were at 1-1 in the second set when play was stopped at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
Women's Tennis defeats Edgewood (Wis.) 5-0 in First Round
CHICAGO, Ill. - Ohio Northern posted a 5-0 victory over Edgewood (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA III Women's Tennis Tournament Friday afternoon at the University of Chicago's Stagg Courts.
The Polar Bears improve to 27-4, while the Eagles end their season with an 18-12 record.
Ohio Northern will now face No. 8-ranked Chicago on Saturday at 2 pm in the second round.
Northern took a 3-0 advantage by sweeping the doubles matches.
Junior Michelle Tuma and freshman Rachael Miller cruised at No. doubles, jumping to a 5-0 lead and winning 8-1.
At No. 3 doubles, junior Carly Olmstead and freshman Meghan Letizia were in control throughout the match and won 8-3.
The No. 2 doubles match was a thriller, as Northern rallied twice to win 9-7.
Sophomore Brittany Miller and freshman Taryn Stromback rallied from an early 3-1 deficit to go up 5-1, then rallied from a 7-6 deficit to win the final three games.
"I am very proud of the way we played today," ONU head coach Scott Wills said. "The weather was challenging today, but we did a good job of playing through it. The win at No. 2 doubles was a turning point in the match. I thought we were able to relax and just play after that.
"Edgewood was a good team. Any NCAA Tournament win is an accomplishment. Now we need to get ready for a top-10 opponent tomorrow."
Olmstead put Ohio Northern up 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles.
Stromback wrapped up the match with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 5 singles.Tuma, freshman Christina Corbean, Letizia and Brittany Miller all ahead one set to none in their respective singles matches with the contest was ended.