Women's Tennis Comes Up Short at Central Florida
March 14, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla.; - Despite two solid singles wins, the Penn State women's tennis team dropped a tough decision to Central Florida today, 5-2. Sophomore Denisa Zobeideh (Weston, Fla.) and senior Leyla Morzan (Vancouver, British Columbia) earned points for the Nittany Lions.
Central Florida took at 1-0 lead after winning two of three doubles matches. The Knights (8-4) moved ahead 4-0 after winning the first three singles matches, but Penn State (2-10, 0-2 Big Ten) responded with two straight victories. UCF picked up its fifth point in the final singles match of the day.
Penn State opened up the day with a win, as Zobeideh and junior Lauren McCarthy (Danbury, Conn.) defeated Alexis Rodriguez and Andrea Yacaman by an 8-4 margin in second doubles. Central Florida responded with a drawn out win in No. 1 singles, as Jenny Frisell and Elvira Serrot defeated junior Sarah Lotto (Toronto, Ontario) and freshman Monika Mical (Stalowa Wola, Poland), 8-6. In the deciding doubles match, Christy Core and Katie Orletsky clinched the doubles point for the Knights by stealing the No. 3 doubles victory from Morzan and freshman Maria Prishlyak (Kiev, Ukraine), 9-8(7).
In singles action, Core and Prishlyak met for a second time in fifth singles. Core put the Knights ahead 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 victory. In the No. 6 match-up freshman Michaela Stracar (Jericho, N.Y.) fell behind Orletsky early, dropping the first set 6-1. Stracar responded with a strong second set, but was couldn't hold on and fell, 7-6(5). Mical followed in first singles, losing her first set to Frisell, 6-2. Despite putting up a strong fight, Mical dropped her second set, 7-6(0), as Frisell clinched the victory and put the Knights up 4-0.
On the No. 3 court, Zobeideh jumped ahead of Serrot by winning the first set, 6-4. Serrot tied the match with a 6-1 victory in the second set, but Zobeideh sealed the deal with a convincing 6-2 win in the third. Morzan followed with the Lions' second straight point, topping Rodriguez in fourth singles, 6-3, 3-6, 10-8. McCarthy battled point for point with Yacaman in second singles, losing the first set by a narrow 7-6(3) margin. She was unable to bounce back in the second set, falling 6-3.
The Nittany Lions return home next week to host Lehigh at the Penn State Indoor Tennis Center on Thursday, March 19 at 4 p.m. Admission to the match is free. The Lions will be on the road again for a Big Ten match-up at Minnesota on Friday, March 27 at 6:30 p.m.
UCF 5, Penn State 2