Streak stops at AAC tourney
The Daily Reflector
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
When Cincinnati eliminated East Carolina in the first round of the American Athletic Conference women’s tennis tournament on Wednesday in Orlando, Fla., it marked the Pirates’ first loss since Jan. 23 and ended their season.
The Bearcats won 4-1 and advanced as the No. 10 seed to play No. 2 South Florida in the American quarterfinals. Seven-seed ECU (22-3) was on a 22-match win streak, including on Friday when the Pirates beat the Bearcats 4-3 for their most dramatic win of an historic season.
Cincinnati (12-10) grabbed the doubles point in the rematch behind a key 6-4 victory at the No. 1 spot by Antonella Bramato and Alexia Coutino over Alisa Diercksen and Lisa Hofbauer. Senior Celia Ruiz recorded the Pirates’ lone singles victory, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2, from No. 2 before Caroline Morton scored a big win by the Bearcats in tight fashion, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4), versus Diercksen.
Still trailing 3-1 and with a chance at a late comeback, ECU had the final three matches all go three sets. But the first one went in favor of Cincinnati and clinched the match when Bramato finished off a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Hofbauer on court one.
The Pirates’ all-time best 22-3 record included a 9-0 mark at home.
ECU’s men will play Thursday morning in the AAC tournament as the No. 8 seed versus 9-seed SMU.