Tennis drops pair of weekend matches to Akron, Buffalo

Paul Barney and Paul Barney

It wasn’t quite the result seniors Katia Babina and Samantha Kintzel were hoping for as they wrapped up their regular-season careers with the BG tennis team.

In the team’s last two matches of the regular season, BG dropped a 6-1 decision to Akron on Friday and suffered a 5-2 defeat Saturday to Buffalo on Senior Day.

The losses dropped the Falcons to 12-9 overall and 2-6 in the Mid-American Conference, having lost six of their last seven matches as they head into the MAC Championships on Friday in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Against Akron on Friday, the same team that BG will play against in the quarterfinals of the MAC Championships, the Falcons lost all six singles contests.

BG was able to find success in doubles despite its results in singles.

Christine Chiricosta and Maddy Eccleston defeated Angelina Jogasuria and her twin sister Angelika 8-3, while Jessica Easdale and Katie Grubb won 8-5 against Prang Pantusart and Carolina Castro Cota.

Against the Bulls on Saturday, the Falcons continued their struggles in singles as they dropped 4-of-6 matches. They also struggled in doubles, winning just 1-of-3 to lose 5-2.

Easdale and Eccleston each noted singles wins against Buffalo, but lost in doubles with Grubb and Chiricosta, respectively.

Easdale and Grubb’s doubles loss was the duo’s first doubles loss in the last four matches.

The two are 3-1 this season in doubles in the MAC.

Babina and Kintzel won their last doubles match in the regular-season of their Falcon careers, after handing Tamara Markovic and Kira Golenko an 8-4 defeat.

BG finished the regular season in a tie for sixth place in the nine-team MAC and will be the seventh seed for Friday’s MAC Championships as they take on second-seeded Akron in quarterfinal action.

Western Michigan will play host to the four-day, nine-team MAC Championships, with the league championship held on Sunday.

Sunday’s winner will then earn the MAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championships.