HAMILTON, Ohio -- Miami captured the doubles point, but dropped five of six tightly-contested singles matches Saturday, in a 5-2 decision to Eastern Kentucky at the Riverside Athletic Club.
The No. 2 doubles match was decided quickly as Christiana Raymond and Alix Thurman won the first three games then answered a break with five straight games for an 8-1 victory. The other two matches started in Miami's favor before the scores tightened up. At No. 1, Eastern Kentucky rallied from a 4-1 deficit for an 8-5 win, while at No. 3, the RedHawks were up 4-2 before dropping three straight. But Ana Rajkovich and Chloe Heerden fought back, closing out the match by taking four straight games. Rajkovice ended the 8-5 match with back-to-back aces.
Eastern Kentucky (3-2) established itself early in singles play, winning the first set in four matches. The Colonels evened the score at 1-1 by winning at No. 3, 6-1, 6-3. The teams split the next two matches in dominating fashion. Raymond won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2, just seconds before EKU took the top flight, 7-5, 6-0.
Eastern Kentucky took the lead 3-2 with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5, but the final two matches went to third sets. No. 4 Christine Guerrazzi won her first set 6-3, but dropped the last two by the same 6-3 scores. At No. 6, Heerden fell behind 6-4, before forcing her extra set 6-1. However, a costly early break lifted the Colonels to a 6-4 win in the third.
Miami (1-3) hosts a rare doubleheader at Riverside tomorrow. The RedHawks face California (Pa.), ranked eighth in the country in Division II, at 10 a.m., then entertains Xavier at 4 p.m.