OXFORD, Ohio – In a five-hour and 45-minute battle, Miami University's women's tennis team outlasted the Xavier Musketeers, 4-3, on Sunday evening at the Riverside Athletic Club in Hamilton, Ohio.
Sophomore Ana Rajkovic persevered in a three-set slugfest at No. 6 singles to clinch the match for the Red and White with a 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 win.
It was the season-opener for the RedHawks, who move to 1-0. Xavier drops to 0-2.
“I think that we did a great job fighting today,” said head coach Anca Dumitrescu. “I was very proud to see Ana come through for the team. I thought she showed tremendous heart and determination. I think she was an inspiration to everybody.”
Miami began the afternoon with doubles action, falling to the Musketeers 2-1. Senior Christiana Raymond and junior Ramona Costea defeated Xavier’s Allyson Westling and Andrea Wolf in No. 3 doubles, 8-1. Rajkovic and junior Christine Guerrazzi lost their doubles match by a score of 1-8. Senior Nimisha Mohan and freshman Andreea Badileanu fell in the deciding doubles match, 5-8.
In singles play, Costea fell to Andrea Wolf 2-6, 6-3 at No. 5 singles. Miami responded with big victories turned in by Badileanu with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 showing at No. 2 singles, Mohan with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles and then Guerrazzi taking a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 3 singles. Raymond lost to Alex Brinker of the Muskies at No. 1 singles in a tough 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 grinder.
With the dual score tied at 3, Miami looked to Rajkovic at No. 6 singles against Lizzie Oosterbaan. Rajkovic took all three sets to tiebreak, losing 6-7 (4-7) in the first set before rebounding and winning the final two 7-6 (8-6) and 7-6 (11-9).
"The match was very close the whole time," said Rajkovic. "We both had match points so it made it even more exciting to win it. I was very happy that I managed to pull through, part of that is my team that was cheering and supporting me. We are all beyond satisfied that we were strong enough to win first dual match."
Miami returns to action next weekend when they host two dual matches. Wright State comes to town Friday at 6 p.m. and Cincinnati arrives for a 2 p.m. match on Saturday. Both contests will take place in Hamilton at the Riverside Athletic Club.