ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Miami captured its fifth straight Mid-American Conference regular-season tennis championship Saturday with a 5-2 victory over Northern Illinois at tbe Boylan Courts. The RedHawks finished the conference schedule 7-1, two games ahead of Bowling Green and Akron.
Miami (11-12 overall) will look for its first tournament championship since 2010 next weekend when it takes the court in Muncie, Ind. The RedHawks open play Saturday morning at 10 a.m. against the winner of a quarterfinal match between No. 4 seed and host Ball State and fifth-seeded Western Michigan.
The RedHawks took the doubles point by winning two of three matches. Alix Thurman and Nimisha Mohan starting things with an 8-5 win at No. 2. After the Huskies captured the top doubles flight, Christiana Raymond and Ramona Costea put Miami up 1-0 with an 8-5 victory at No. 3.
Christine Guerrazzi took the No. 4 match 6-1, 6-3 for a 2-0 lead, then Raymond capped an undefeated MAC season with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at No. 3.
NIU (14-10, 0-8) cut into the lead with a victory at No. 1, but Costea sealed the championship-clinching victory with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6.
The team split the final two matches with Ana Rajkovic winning at No. 5, 6-4, 7-5, before NIU took the No. 2 tie.
Miami had its 33-match regular-season conference winning streak snapped at the start of the year, but won seven straight after that.