UCF Drops 6-1 Match to Tulsa
Eberhart notches a 10-4 win in the third-set super tiebreaker at No. 1.
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – Junior Caroline Eberhart tallied a singles victory during the Knights’ 6-1 loss to Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon at the UCF Tennis Complex.
After dropping the first set, 7-5, Eberhart rebounded with a 7-4 tiebreaker victory in the second frame at No. 1. The super tiebreaker that determine the third frame was controlled by the Mishawaka, Ind., native, who posted a 10-4 triumph.
The Knights fell behind 1-0 early in doubles. Despite being down 5-1 in their match at No. 3, sophomore Cortney Cesarini and freshman Monica Matias continued battling for UCF (7-5, 2-4 The American) and cut the deficit to 5-4. Tulsa (9-7, 1-0 The American) went on to close the frame, 6-4, to win the opening point.
Freshman Kennan Johnson and Eberhart were locked in a tight bout at No. 1, which saw the Knights ahead 5-4 when the doubles’ point was decided.
Junior Sofia Baptista pushed her match at No. 6 to three sets with a victory in the in the first set, 6-1. After falling in a tiebreaker in second, 7-5, Tulsa ended up securing the fifth point with a 10-6 win in the super tiebreaker.
UCF concludes a five-match homestand on Saturday against Temple with the first serve set for 2 p.m.
Tulsa vs UCF Mar 18, 2015 at Orlando, Fla. (UCF Tennis Complex)
Tulsa 6, UCF 1 Singles competition 1. Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. R. Leenabanchong (TULSA) 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 1-0 (10-4) 2. Ksenia Laskutova (TULSA) def. Cortney Cesarini (UCF) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) 3. Marcelina Chichon (TULSA) def. Kennan Johnson (UCF) 7-6 (7-5), 6-0 4. Yelena Nemchen (TULSA) def. Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-3, 5-4 5. Saana Saarteinen (TULSA) def. Monica Matias (UCF) 6-0, 7-6 (7-2) 6. Renata Kuricova (TULSA) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), 1-0 (10-6)
Doubles competition 1. Caroline Eberhart/Kennan Johnson (UCF) vs. Ksenia Laskutova/Renata Kuricova (TULSA) 5-4, unfinished 2. Marcelina Chichon/R. Leenabanchong (TULSA) def. Sofia Baptista/Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-1 3. Mahitha Dadireddy/Saana Saarteinen (TULSA) def. Cortney Cesarini/Monica Matias (UCF) 6-4
Match Notes: Tulsa 9-7, 0-0 UCF 7-4, 2-3 Order of finish: Doubles (2,3); Singles (4,3,5,6,2,1) T-3:10 A-112