HAMILTON, Ohio -- Miami opened an early 3-0 lead, then had to sweat out two close matches for a 5-2 victory over Middle Tennessee Sunday at Riverside Athletic Club. The Blue Raiders won back-to-back points and seemed headed toward deciding third sets, but Christine Guerrazzi ralled in both sets of her match to secure the win.
The RedHawks (3-5) used three brand-new doubles pairings to sweep doubles for the first time this season. Chloe Heerden and Christiana Raymond won the first six games enroute to an 8-1 victory at No. 3. Nimisha Mohan and Ana Rajkovic had a similar run, breaking a 1-1 tie by taking five straight games during an 8-2 triumph. At No. 1, Alix Thurman and Guerrazzi opened a 4-1 advantage, and later led 7-4, but Middle Tennessee won three straight to force a tiebreaker. Miami won the first two points and five of the first six, closing out the match 8-7 (7-2).
Thurman used a powerful serve to cruise past her opponent at No. 2, registering double-digit aces in a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Heerden posted the same scores in her win at No. 6, giving the RedHawks a 3-0 lead.
Middle Tennessee closed to within 3-2 with victories at No. 5 (6-1, 6-3) and No. 3 (6-4, 6-4) and forced a third set at No. 1 , but Guerrazzi was able to clinch the victory. She trailed 5-2 in her first set before rallying for a 7-5, win, then came back from a 4-1 deficit in the second for another 7-5 decision.
Raymond closed out the match by taking her decisive third set 6-2 after splitting the first two, 6-4 and 3-6.
Miami now plays seven straight matches on the road, beginning Tuesday afternoon at Kentucky.