Maisak wins deciding match in win over UNLV

By: Brandon Wise / Contributing Writer

Following another solid victory over Eastern Michigan, the Golden Panthers continued to stay hot with 4-3 win over the University of Nevada Las Vegas Mar. 5. Coach Melissa Applebaum- Dall’au was very exicted about how the girls performed.

“The girls played extremely well today,” Applebaum- Dall’au said. “They battled hard out there and earned every point.”

The Panthers overcame an early deficit in the doubles portion of the day, starting out down 1-0. The team of Lisa Johnson and Rita Maisak were the only team that was victorious.

After that, the Panthers came out strong in the singles portion. Senior Liset Brito, ranked number 98 nationally, defeated Lucia Batta, ranked number 77 nationally, in straight sets (6-1, 6-3). Senior Maria Spenceley defeated Adrienn Hidvegi with a three set tie break (6-3, 6-7, 7-5). Christine Serendi also picked up a solid victory in her match (6-2, 6-4).

With the match tied, it came down to sophomore Rita Maisak against Jana Albers. The match came down to a third-set tiebreaker, which Maisak won (7-5, 5-7, 7-6).

“I feel that we are doing things right,” Applebaum-Dall’au said. “They pushed us to earn the win today, but I still felt like we were the better team.”

It was definitely a match that could have taken the Golden Panthers out of their comfort zone, seeing as the game was being played in Fresno, CA, but Coach Applebaum-Dall’au would not let it be an excuse.

“I was not about to let the girls use that as an excuse if we lost,” Applebaum-Dall’au said. “It is still tennis. I didn’t change anything from our routine of preparation for this match. We just had to go out and execute and we did.”

With the win today, the Golden Panthers improve to 5-5 on the season and have now won four straight matches. This was also the Panthers first road win of the season.

The team has definitely seemed to hit their stride at the right time of the year, seeing as this is when most of the conference matchups will start to be played.

One more for the road

The team is now getting set for their final match of the road trip, taking on Fresno State on March 6 before heading back home to face College of Charleston on Wednesday, Mar. 9 and Troy University on Friday, Mar. 11.

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