OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami dropped the doubles point, but used strong singles play to overmatch Eastern Michigan 5-2 in Mid-American Conference tennis action Friday at the Hepburn Courts. The win was the third straight for the RedHawks, who improve to 7-12 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Eastern Michigan (6-12, 1-3) took an early advantage in doubles, winning the No. 1 match 8-2, but Miami evened play when Alix Thurman and Nimisha Mohan posted an 8-4 win at No. 2. After splitting the first four games, the duo won five in a row for a 7-2 advantage. The Eagles broke and then held to close to 7-4, but Mohan thwarted the rally on her serve for an 8-4 win.
Singles play was a different story. Christine Guerrazzi dominated at No. 4, surrendering only one game in a 6-0, 6-1 win, her most convincing of the year. Thurman followed with a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 2 to give Miami the match lead, 2-1, but EMU evened the score with a 6-4, 6-4 victory at No. 1.
But Raymond won eight of the final nine games in a 6-4, 6-1 decision at No. 3 to give the RedHawks the lead for good. Costea rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the second set for a 6-3, 6-4 victory that sealed the RedHawks' win.
Ana Rajkovic secured a much-needed win in the final action. She dropped the first set 6-4, but rallied for a pair of 6-3 wins after entering Friday with losses in eight of her last nine matches.
Miami wraps up its home season tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Toledo.