PERRYBURG, Ohio -- Miami lost the doubles point and was pushed to the brink in singles play, but rallied for a 4-3 victory over Bowling Green Saturday afternoon at the Perrysburg Tennis Center. With the win, the RedHawks clinch a share of the 2013 MAC Championship -- their fifth straight -- and the No. 1 seed at the conference tourmament later this month.
Bowling Green (15-4, 4-3) opened a 1-0 lead by winning two of the three doubles matches. The Falcons captured the No. 3 match 8-4, but Miami tied the score when Nimisha Mohan and Alix Thurman captured their match at No. 2, 8-6. The point came down to No. 1, where Ana Rajkovic and Christine Guerrazzi battled Nikki Chiracosta and Emily Reuland all the way to a tiebreaker.
After the teams were tied at 6-6, Miami went ahead twice, but each time the Falcons answer to even things at 7-7 and 8-8. Bowling Green prevailed in the tiebreaker, 7-4. Doubles play lasted an hour and 24 minutes.
Miami (10-12, 6-1) quickly tied things in singles play, as Rajkovic easily won the No. 5 match, 6-1, 6-1. Bowling Green went back ahead with a win at No. 6, 6-3, 6-1, but Christiana Raymond posted a 6-4, 6-0 win at No. 3 to make the score 2-2.
The No. 4 match was close, but went the way of the Falcons 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, putting them just one match away from an upset.
But Miami rallied. Thurman and Chiracosta split their first two sets and were tied at 3-3 in the third, when the RedHawk sophomore pulled away. She won three straight games for a 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory.
Mohan dropped her first set, 6-4, and trailed 5-4 in the second before rallying. She forced the tiebreaker, which she won 7-5, then won the first three games of the third. After Reuland closed to within 3-2, Mohan won the final four games for the 6-2 final.
The regular-season closes next Saturday when Miami travels to Northern Illinois, which in winless in six MAC matches this year.