UC-Irvine Ends UCF Streak at Five Matches

March 15, 2005

IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 75 ranked UC-Irvine women's tennis team topped UCF, 4-3, at the Anteater Tennis Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, halting the Golden Knights' winning streak at five matches.

The Knights (7-7) started the day by sweeping the doubles. At the No. 2 position, senior co-captain Kristina Lohmos and freshman Kyla McNicol won their sixth consecutive match as they defeated Anteaters Becky Bernhard and Hui Leow, 8-4.

Junior co-captain Pamela Fernandez earned her team-high 13th win of the year, beating Izabela Mijic by a score of 6-2, 6-4. Sophomore Megan Hunter contributed another win to the Knights' cause. After splitting sets with UCI's Jayme Hu, Hunter was up 3-0 when Hu was forced to retire.

The Anteaters (7-7) had already earned decisions at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 singles when they clinched the win with Anna Bentzer's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Lohmos at the No. 1 position.

"The team played well. We just came up short," said head coach Patricia Allison. "The players are disappointed, but we're looking to come back in a tough match this weekend at home."

The Golden Knights host Houston on March 19 at 10 a.m. at the UCF Tennis Complex.

1. Anna Bentzer (UCI) def. Kristina Lohmos (UCF), 6-3, 6-4
2. Pamela Fernandez (UCF) def. Izabela Mijic (UCI), 6-2, 6-4
3. Hui Leow (UCI) def. Ola Luczak (UCF), 6-2, 6-2
4. Inna Agababian (UCI) def. Jennifer Carati (UCF), 6-2, 6-1
5. Becky Bernhard (UCI) def Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF), 6-3, 6-4
6. Megan Hunter (UCF) def. Jayme Hu (UCI), 6-2, 1-6, 3-0 ret.

1. Fernandez/Gordon (UCF) def. Agababian/Bentzer (UCI), 8-5
2. Lohmos/McNicol (UCF) def. Bernhard/Leow (UCI), 8-4
3. Hunter/Luczak (UCF) def. Mijic/Lisa Shih (UCI), 8-4