March 29, 2012
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Demi Georgakopoulos was the top performer for the Oakland women’s tennis team (1-11, 0-2), which opened Summit League play with a pair of 4-0 losses to UMKC (10-7, 5-0) and South Dakota State (5-7, 1-1) on Thursday. The Golden Grizzlies will play four matches over the weekend as part of a Summit League cluster, hosted by IPFW.
“Although the score ended up 4-0 in both matches, we had some players that stepped up,” said Oakland head coach Heather Redshaw. “Demi came to play today and did very well.”
The day started with an indoor match against UMKC at the Pine Ridge Racquet and Fitness Center. The Kangaroos won all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. With only three matches allowed on court at a time, UMKC won all three matches to seal the victory. Caitlin Young had the closest of the three singles matches, falling 6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to Eva Dalvai.
“The SDSU match was closer than it looked,” said Redshaw. “All three of the unfinished matches were close.”
The second match was played outdoors at Swinney Park, where SDSU won the doubles point to take an early lead. However, Oakland fought back and Georgakopoulos won her first set 6-2 at No. 3 singles. Young was also in a close match and after dropping the first set, was up a break in the second set. Brittany Baxter was down a set, but also had a second-set lead when the match was called.
The Jackrabbits posted straight-set wins at No. 6 and No. 4 singles for a 3-0 lead. Grace Keating put up a fight at No. 2 singles, but eventually fell 6-2, 6-3 to Jenny Blackburne.
The Golden Grizzlies will return to league action on Friday with a match against the defending Summit League champions and cluster hosts IPFW at the Kachmann Tennis Center at 2 p.m.