Wayne State Turns Away Panthers in GLIAC Quarterfinal
The Ohio Dominican women's tennis team, competing in their first post season GLIAC tournament, fell to the #2 seed Wayne State University 5-1 on Friday evening at the Midland Community Tennis Center.
In a match where the Panthers needed strong doubles play, both teams came ready to compete and played at a high level. Wayne State prevailed in 2-of-3 courts to grab momentum and gain control of the match. On court one, Sofia Espana-Perez (So./Mexico City, Mexico) and Aline Mariano (Jr./Sao Paulo, Brazil) turned away a couple of match points against, prevailing in the end, 9-7. On court two, Krista Derry (Jr./Baltimore, OH) and Anita Girizd (Fr./Ada, Serbia) have two match points, but could not convert, dropping a highly contested match, 9-7.
ODU, looking to dig their way out of a 2-1 deficit, turned to singles play. The Warriors, needing three courts to secure victory gained control of tow points, taking courts one and four in straight sets. The 5th and deciding point came on court six, giving Wayne State the win advancing them to the Semi-finals of the GLIAC Tournament.
The Panthers will return to action tomorrow afternoon looking to avenge an earlier season loss to Lake Superior State University. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the Midland Community Tennis Center in Midland, Michigan.