“It’s been a long season and today we were able to come together to close this match, which is what we really needed,” said Head Coach Helena Besovic. “This gives us a lot of confidence going into next weekend’s match against Rice, and then playing in the conference tournament.”
The match started and ended with singles play due to the weather. The Cougars snatched the first win of the day at Court 5, where junior Phonexay Chitdara got her 11th singles win of the season rolling through Nicole Dzenga, 6-3, 6-2. The next win came from Stephanie Belovukovic, who beat Alex Mjos, 6-3, 6-3. The freshman from Australia has lost only two singles matches, moving to a winning record of 15-2.
As the Bulls took the wins on Courts 3 and 4, the match became tied, 2-2. Both teams had a break as the storm forced the match to be moved to indoor tennis facility nearby the university.
The next big win came from Mimi Kendall-Woseley who took on Ana Roman at Flight 1, defeating her in two sets, 6-4, 6-4. “The support from the team gave me all the motivation I needed,” explained the junior from Boca-Raton. “I just fought for the team, it wasn’t about myself.”
On the next court, Sophie Gerits remained as the lone and game-deciding match. After coming back from dropping the second set, the freshman from Belgium won the match in a thriller, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. The Cougars move to 3-0 in conference play, and enjoy a winning record of 14-5 in the season.