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April 17, 2014

Women's tennis wins two over weekend, men fall short

By Aaron Cutteridge

The Cleveland State University women’s tennis team swept the Green Bay Phoenix on April 12at the Malaga Tennis Center while the men’s unit came up short against the Phoenix.

The women handily defeated the Phoenix in doubles play 8-2 and 8-0.

In singles play, the women dominated, never giving the Phoenix an opportunity to be competitive. Princess Gbadamosi notched her 17th win of the season to open singles play.

Kara Sherwood tied third all-time in career singles wins with her performance on Saturday.

The sweep by the women marked the second time this season they were able to hold their opponents without a match point.

The strong showing by the women’s team has them sitting at four wins and one loss in Horizon League matches and 8-11 overall for the season.

The men’s team jumped out to an early lead with solid wins in doubles play and the first singles match.

The Phoenix men battled back and tied the day at 3-3 leading to the deciding number six match pitting Cleveland State’s Nolan Marks against Green Bay’s Jorge Gonzalez Soler.

In the only three-set match of the day, Gonzalez Soler took the first set 6-4. Marks fought back and won the second set 6-2. The men dueled back-and-forth in the third set, but Green Bay would win the set 7-5 and ultimately the match.

The men sit at three wins and one loss in Horizon League play and 12 wins and seven losses on the season overall.

The women followed up the sweep of Green Bay Saturday by handing Milwaukee their first Horizon League loss Sunday.

The women could not clinch a double’s match point, but recovered strong in singles match play.

Sherwood registered the first point for the women as singles matches favored the Vikings.

Lauren Golick fought back from dropping her first set to win the final two sets over Diana Tokar.

Mathilde Orange sealed the victory for the Lady Vikings with her two-set victory over Christina Colarossi.

The women have owned Milwaukee the past 12 season with an 11-1 record.

Both teams travel to face UIC on April 18, and Valparaiso on April 19, to wrap up the season before heading into the Horizon League Championships April 25- 27, in Ann Arbor, Mich.