CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Miami dropped the first doubles match, but captured the doubles point and the first four singles ties enroute to a 6-1 victory over over Cincinnati Sunday afternoon at the Western Fitness and Tennis Club. The win was the first in three tries for the RedHawks this season.
Cincinnati (0-3) started doubles play with an 8-4 win at No. 2 before Miami earned its first victory of the year. Freshmen Ana Rajkovic and Chloe Heerded bolted to leads of 2-0 and 5-1 enroute to an 8-2 triumph at No. 3. The win snapped a string of 19 straight individual match losses in 2013. The RedHawks clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 win by Nimisha Mohan and Christine Guerrazzi at No. 1. The duo took the final four games after the Bearcats had broken to close to within 4-3.
Christiana Raymond put Miami up 2-0 with a resounding 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2, then Heerden added another point with a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 6. Guerrazzi clinched the team's overall victory with a dominating 6-2, 6-0 performance. Mohan won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 before UC got on the board with a super-tiebreaker win at No. 3. Alix Thurman got behind early in losing the first set 6-4, but forced the extra session with a 6-2 win in the second. The tiebreaker went 10-6 to the Bearcats.
The final match also needed a a third set as Ramona Costea cruised to a 6-1 win in the first set before falling 7-6 (7-4) in the tiebreaker. This time, the best-of-10 game went to the RedHawks, 10-4.
Miami opens its home season with a busy slate next weekend at Hamilton's Riverside Athletic Club. The RedHawks host Eastern Kentucky Saturday at 3:30 before playing a 11 a.m. doubleheader Sunday against California (Pa.) and Xavier.