In the teams' first meeting since Akron's epic 4-3 decision over Miami last April, the Zips started strong. They won the first five games at No. 1 doubles and cruised to an 8-1 victory. However, Miami (6-12, 2-1) had a similarly easy decision at No. 2. Alix Thurman and Nimisha Mohan broke a 1-1 tie by taking in six straight games en route to an 8-2 victory. That left the point to the No. 3 pairing, where Christiana Raymond and Ramona Costea opened with a 3-0 lead. But Akron struck back, evening the match at 3-3. The momentum turned, though, as the RedHawk duo won four straight, then answered an Akron game by closing out the match 8-4.
Mohan started out singles play on fire, winning seven straight games for a 6-0, 1-0 lead. Her opponent clawed back to take a 4-3 edge in the second, but Miami's No. 1 was not to be denied. She held serve and broke for 5-4, then gave Miami a 2-0 lead with the 6-4 win.
Christine Guerrazzi added to the scoring with a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 4, bolting to 4-1 advantages in both sets. Costea sealed the victory with a 6-4, 6-2 decision at No. 6, her fourth straight win.
The final three matches all went three sets and were decided by super-tiebreakers. Thurman grabbed a 6-2 win in the first set at No. 2, then after falling 4-6 in the second, posted a 1-0 (10-5) victory. No. 3 Raymond went the opposite route, falling 6-2 in the first before rebounding for 6-3 and 1-0 (10-8) wins.
Akron, which fell to 14-7 (2-1) by having its seven-game winning streak snapped, gained its only point in the final match. Ksenia Berestetska fought off Ana Rajkovic's rally at No. 5, 6-2, 6-7 (7-9), 1-0 (10-5).
Miami closes out its 2013 home schedule next weekend when Eastern Michigan and Toledo visit Oxford. The matches start at 1 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, respectively.