Women's Tennis Falls to Penn State, 6-1

Sufi wins in both singles and doubles

March 3, 2007 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's women's tennis team dropped the doubles point and five singles outings in a 6-1 loss to Penn State Saturday in Huntington, W.V.

The Blue Raiders (4-6) dropped the first of two matches this weekend in Huntington. Middle Tennessee takes on 58th-ranked Marshall Sunday at 11 a.m. CT.

Penn State picked up the first point of the match, winning doubles outings at Nos. 2 and 3.

PSU's Sarah Lotto and Jenny Shular defeated Marlene Chemin and Ann-Kristin Siljestrom, 8-1, at No. 2, before Dorothy Dohanics and Lauren McCarthy won 8-2 over Pooja Kommireddi and Stephanie Parkison at No. 3. Middle Tennessee's Hala Sufi and Claudia Szabo took care of Sasha Abraham and Lauren Holzberg, 8-5, at No. 1.

In singles the Nittany Lions posted victories at the bottom five spots in the lineup.

Sufi, ranked 53rd nationally in singles, defeated Andrea Niculescu, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 1 for Middle Tennessee's only point of the match.

PSU's Dohanics defeated Parkison, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5 before Abraham won 6-1, 6-4, over Siljestrom at No. 2. Shular took care of Szabo, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4 and Holzberg won by the same score over Chemin at No. 3. McCarthy defeated Kommireddi, 7-6 (4), 6-2, at No. 6.

"We played well in some spots today and played better overall as a team, but we ran up against a really good Penn State team," head coach Alison Ojeda said. "Pooja played better even though she lost and Hala continues to play well and lead our team."

Penn State 6, Middle Tennessee 1

1. (53) Hala Sufi (MT) def. Andrea Niculescu (PSU), 6-0, 6-2
2. Sasha Abraham (PSU) def. Ann-Kristin Siljestrom (MT), 6-1, 6-4
3. Lauren Holzberg (PSU) def. Marlene Chemin (MT), 6-4, 6-4
4. Jenny Shular (PSU) def. Claudia Szabo (MT), 6-4, 6-4
5. Dorothy Dohanics (PSU) def. Stephanie Parkison (MT), 6-1, 6-2
6. Lauren McCarthy (PSU) def. Pooja Kommireddi (MT), 7-6 (4), 6-2
Order of Finish: 1,5,2,4*,3,6

1. Sufi-Szabo (MT) def. Abraham-Holzberg (PSU), 8-5
2. Sarah Lotto-Shular (PSU) def. Chemin-Siljestrom (MT), 8-1
3. Dohanics-McCarthy (PSU) def. Kommireddi-Parkison (MT), 8-2
Order of Finish: 2,3*,1

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