March 29, 2014
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Elizabeth Guy was a two-time winner thanks to a gutsy come-from-behind win at No. 5 singles, but the Oakland tennis team dropped a 4-3 decision to Youngstown State Saturday evening at the Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness Club. Oakland slips to 5-10 overall and 1-2 in league action, while Youngstown State improved to 7-9 overall, 2-0 in league play.
"We obviously wanted to get the win against a good Youngstown State team,” Oakland head coach Heather Redshaw said. “Youngstown State is strong at the top of their lineup, and we were hoping to get wins in the lower three matchups in singles.”
Oakland posted victories at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to start the night with a 1-0 lead. Oakland's No. 3 doubles team of Cam Sabourin and Maxime Colen finished first with an 8-3 win. At No. 2 doubles, Guy and Tamara Blum took an early 3-0 lead on the way to an 8-5 victory to capture the point.
Karine Celis and Juliana Guevara turned in a solid effort at No. 1 doubles before falling, 8-4.
“Doubles went really well. It was a good match for us at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles for us to win. It was definitely a positive for us going into singles.”
Youngstown State quickly recovered with straight-set wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Guevara pulled the Golden Grizzlies back within a point with her 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 6 singles.
But Oakland's Blum was unable to overtake Youngstown State at No. 4 singles, falling 6-4, 6-2 for the deciding match.
Although the dual was decided, Oakland's Guy rallied from a 6-0 first-set loss to take the second set 7-6 thanks to a 7-5 tie-breaker win. Then, in the super tie-break, Guy battled for a 10-8 win.
Oakland is back in action Sunday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. when the Golden Grizzlies host Cleveland State.