HAMILTON, Ohio—Miami University’s women’s tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision in its Mid-American Conference opener to Ball State (10-7; 1-0 MAC) on Saturday afternoon at the Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton. The RedHawks (4-12; 0-1 MAC) had a 33-match win streak in MAC regular-season play snapped that dated back to April 12, 2008.
Ball State’s No. 2 tandem of Bethany Moore and Kristel Sanders won 8-2 to give the Cardinals an early advantage in doubles action. After a 5-5 tie, Miami’s No. 3 team of sophomore Ramona Costea and junior Christiana Raymond rattled off three straight points to seize an 8-5 win in the second flight, leaving No. 1 doubles to decide the point.
The Cardinals took an early 3-0 lead at No. 1 doubles, but Miami’s duo of sophomores Christine Guerrazzi and Alix Thurman battled back to even the score. The RedHawks took a 6-4 lead but Ball State came back to win the first flight 8-6 to capture the doubles point.
Just like the doubles point was decided by the final match, the outcome of the match came down to the final singles contest.
Miami took a 3-1 lead in the match after Costea posted a quick 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles, freshman Ana Rajkovic pulled out a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 5 singles and Raymond notched a dominant 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles.
Ball State won the first flight 6-3, 6-3 to shrink the Miami advantage. At No. 2 singles, Courtney Earnest edged junior Nimisha Mohan in the first set, 6-4. Mohan rallied to post a 6-3 win in the second set, but Earnest pulled out a 6-2 win in the third set to knot the match, 3-3.
The RedHawks were edged in a three-set loss at No. 4 singles. Miami’s Guerrazzi won the first set 6-2. The second set was a battle, but BSU’s Kristel Sanders won a 7-5 tiebreak to clinch the set 7-6. Guerrazzi took a 4-2 lead in the third seat, but Sanders battled back to capture the match with a 6-4 win.
The match was moved indoors due to the forecast of cold temperatures.
Miami returns to the courts next weekend to continue a five-match home stretch when it hosts Buffalo on Friday, March 29 and Akron on Saturday, March 30. Both contests are scheduled to start at 1 p.m.