By Nate Blythe
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) – On a gorgeous afternoon at the UCF Tennis Complex, the Knights secured the doubles point with a 7-5 triumph by junior Caroline Eberhart and freshman Kennan Johnson and used the momentum to post a 5-2 victory on Monday. Junior Clare Mendell, sophomore Cortney Cesarini, freshman Monica Matias and Eberhart notched singles victories.
UCF (6-4, 2-3 The American) found itself down early in doubles and knotted the match at 1-1 with a 6-4 victory by Cesarini and Matias at No. 2. The top-pairing in Eberhart / Johnson came through with a hard-fought 7-5 win.
East Carolina (9-4, 1-1 The American) tied the contest at one after Johnson was forced to retire. The Knights responded with three-straight wins to clinch the match.
Matias tallied a quick 6-3, 6-1 win over Katie Hoch at No. 6. A straight-set victory was registered by Eberhart at No. 1, 6-2, 6-2. The match was secured at No. 2 when Cesarini topped Michelle Castro, 6-2, 6-4.
After falling in the first set, 6-3, at No. 4, junior Clare Mendell posted a 6-3 victory to force a super tiebreaker. The Canton, Ga., native went on to take it with a 10-6 win.
The Knights also saw junior Annika Hepp win a super tiebreaker of her own at No. 7, 10-3, after falling in the first set, 6-2, and rebounding to win the second frame, 6-3.
UCF continues a five-match homestand on Wednesday at noon against Furman.
East Carolina vs UCF
Mar 09, 2015 at Orlando, Fla.
(UCF Tennis Complex)
UCF 5, East Carolina 2
1. Caroline Eberhart (UCF) def. Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Cortney Cesarini (UCF) def. Michelle Castro (ECU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Maria Gomez (ECU) def. Kennan Johnson (UCF) 7-5, retired
4. Clare Mendell (UCF) def. Sarah Sarjoo (ECU) 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
5. Monica Matias (UCF) def. Katie Hoch (ECU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Sofia Baptista (UCF) 6-3, 6-3
1. Caroline Eberhart/Kennan Johnson (UCF) def. Michelle Castro/Nicole LaDuca (ECU) 7-5
2. Maria Gomez/Neena Wanko (ECU) def. Sofia Baptista/Clare Mendell (UCF) 6-3
3. Cortney Cesarini/Monica Matias (UCF) def. Dana Gray/Katie Hoch (ECU) 6-4
East Carolina 9-4, 1-1
UCF 6-4, 2-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,5,1,2,6,4)
Annika Hepp (UCF) def. Maria Storozheva, 2-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3)