Toledo, OH - The Toledo women's tennis team will continue its tour through the Mid-American Conference with two road matches this weekend. The Rockets (7-9, 1-2 MAC) will take on Ball State (11-8, 2-1 MAC) on Friday, April 5 at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie, IN, and move on to challenge Miami (6-12, 2-1 MAC) less than 24 hours later in Oxford, OH at the Hepburn Courts. Both matches are slated for 1:00 p.m. start times.
The Midnight Blue & Gold captured its first conference win last Saturday at Eastern Michigan with a 4-3 triumph in a marathon match that lasted four hours and forty-five minutes. Freshman Katelyn Nguyen earned her first-career win at No. 1 singles and helped UT claim the doubles point with a win in the No. 3 position.
Both teams went back and forth, as the match decision came down to a matchup between UT's Chrissy Coffman and EMU's Ankita Bhatia at No. 3 singles. Bhatia took the first set 6-3, but Coffman responded with back-to-back tiebreaking wins to clinch the match.
Coffman and freshman Emily Mazzola have been the top performers for UT this spring. Coffman is 8-8 overall in dual action with a 6-2 mark at No. 3 singles, while Mazzola sports an overall mark of 7-6 and 4-2 ledger at No. 5 singles. Both are 2-1 in league play.
In doubles competition, Nguyen and senior Silvia Carvajal have racked up the most wins at 7-5 from the third flight. The tandem of Mazzola and sophomore Lexy Pitt are 4-2 this spring, including a 3-2 mark from the top flight. Those two also have the most wins in conference play at 2-1.
This weekend will have a major impact in the conference standings as four teams currently stand tied for second place, including Toledo's two opponents. The Rockets are tied for sixth with Buffalo (10-2, 1-2 MAC) and and EMU (6-11, 1-2 MAC).
Ball State is off to its best start in league play since 2004. The Cardinals are coming off a win over Buffalo last Saturday, and are led by Sophomore Courtney Wild at the No. 1 position with a dual mark of 16-3. The reigning MAC Player of the Week is undefeated (3-0) in conference play.
Miami avenged its 2012 MAC Championship finals loss to Akron last Saturday and defeated Buffalo on Friday to win back-to-back matches for the first time this season. Nimisha Mahon is 3-3 at the top spot while going 19-9 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Following this weekend, Toledo will wrap up the conference schedule with three consecutive home matches. Northern Illinois will come to the Glass City next Friday, April 12 for a 1:00 p.m. match at the UT Varsity Tennis Courts.