March 16, 2008
ORLANDO, Fla. (www.ucfathletics.com) - Facing its seventh-ranked opponent of the year, the UCF women's tennis team suffered a close 4-3 loss to No. 49 Dartmouth Sunday at the UCF Tennis Complex. Seniors Kyla McNicol and Anna Yakimchenkova each earned wins in singles play while the Knights (7-7) also picked up the doubles point vs. the Big Green (8-1).
Both teams suffered through hot conditions on the Orlando campus, but it was UCF who took two of three doubles decisions for the overall 1-0 lead. Senior Jennifer Carati and junior Elvira Serrot got past Mary Beth Winingham and Jesse Adler at No. 2, 8-4, to bring their record together to 14-6 as they have won seven-straight matches. Over at No. 3, Yakimchenkova and junior Kenza Belbacha grabbed an 8-2 victory over Maggie Suydam and Georgiana Smyser for their ninth triumph as a doubles pair.
Singles action proved to be highly contested, with three of the six positions reaching three sets. McNicol was able to get her win in straight sets, defeating Megan Zebroski at No. 2, 7-6, 6-3. After losing her first set at No. 4, Yakimchenkova battled back to edge Adler, 3-6, 6-0, 6-4. However, Dartmouth hung right with the Knights and was able to secure the remaining four singles matches for the team victory.
A tough test awaits the Knights, as they will play three matches in four days beginning Thursday when they welcome Tulsa to town for a 2 p.m. showdown.
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#49 Dartmouth 4, UCF 3
1. Megan Zebroski/Molly Scott (DART) def. Kyla McNicol/Jenny Frisell (UCF) 9-8 (7-3)
2. Jennifer Carati/Elvira Serrot (UCF) def. Mary Beth Winingham/Jesse Adler (DART) 8-4
3. Kenza Belbacha/Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) def. Maggie Suydam/Georgiana Smyser (DART) 8-2
1. Molly Scott (DART) def. Elvira Serrot (UCF) 6-4, 6-2
2. Kyla McNicol (UCF) def. Megan Zebroski (DART) 7-6, 6-3
3. Mary Beth Winingham (DART) def. Kenza Belbacha (UCF) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
4. Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF) def. Jesse Adler (DART) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
5. Georgiana Smyser (DART) def. Jennifer Carati (UCF) 6-1, 6-3
6. Carley Markovitz (DART) def. Isa Ohlinger (UCF) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Dartmouth 8-1; National ranking #49