Miller shines for Falcons’ tennis team, wins two

Kaleb Page and Kaleb Page

For a young Bowling Green tennis team, the time to shine on the court was now.

Freshman Megan Miller, in action against Cleveland St. Friday night, saw doubles and singles victories for the Falcons in a 5-2 loss to the Vikings.

Miller paired up with sophomore Harley Hutchison in a doubles match to defeat the CSU pairing of Victoria Bensimon and Jana Schober 7-6 [with a 7-4 tie breaking win].

This doubles win by the duo of Miller and Hutchison was their third win in five dual matches this spring.

After the doubles action, Miller went on to face Mathilde Orange in a singles match-up.

In the first set Miller jumped out early on Orange to win the set 6-1. The next set was much closer, but saw Miller take the victory 6-4, winning her second flight match.

Miller’s singles victory was not the only one on Friday night. Emily Witt defeated Schober 7-6 [4], 0-6, 1-0 [10-5] in her third flight match-up.

Despite another team defeat, head coach Olga Elkin was excited to get back out there against Cincinnati Saturday afternoon.

“The energy and excitement of the match was amazing from start to finish,” Elkin said. “We are excited to get back out there as a team tomorrow.”

Saturday afternoon saw a similar face stand out amongst the crowd. That face was again, Miller.

In Miller’s singles matchup with Katya Bure, the opening set was taken by Bure 1-6, but Miller rallied back taking the second set 6-4.

This set up a third set with a 10-point tie breaker that Miller won 10-5, and ultimately took the second flight match.

Unlike Friday night, where the pair of Miller and Hutchison won their doubles match, Saturday saw the pair lose their first flight doubles match to the UC pairing of Lauren Bellinger and Kelly Poggensee-Wei 7-5.

Other Falcons in action saw similar results in both singles and doubles action.

Hutchison, Emily Witt, Antonina Farrar, Leeah Floyd and Sydney Seeley all saw straight set defeats in singles play.

Pairs of Floyd and Witt along with Farrar and Seeley saw 6-0 and 6-1 defeats in doubles as well.

Despite the losses over the weekend, head coach Elkin took away positives to move forward with.

“I am very proud of the way the girls competed today after a long and tough match yesterday,” Elkin said. “We saw some great tennis and improvements from the girls this weekend.”

They hope to take these improvements with them as they move on to a three match road trip starting next weekend.