Lohmos Comeback Aces UCF Win over Houston.

March 19, 2005

ORLANDO -Using an impressive comeback from senior co-captain Kristina Lohmos at No. 1 singles, UCF (8-7) snatched an exciting 4-3 win over Houston (10-5) in women's tennis action at the UCF Tennis Complex on Saturday afternoon.

After Lohmos lost the first set battle in a tiebreak to Biljana Dimovska, 7-6, the two players were on serve in the second set. The score 5-4 when Lohmos broke Dimovska's serve and went on to win two consecutive games to take the set. With the match clinching point on the line, the Houston senior went up 3-0 before Lohmos rebounded to take the final set 6-3.

The Golden Knights opened the match by winning the doubles point. At the No. 2 position, Lohmos and freshman Kyla McNicol stretched their winning streak to seven matches with an 8-4 win over Cougars duo Kami Miller and Diana Martin. The Knights also took a victory at No. 3 as sophomore Megan Hunter and freshman Anna Yakimchenkova went 8-3 over Brianna Bateup and Sarah Reimer.

McNicol put the Knights ahead 2-0 with her 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 6 singles before Houston won three straight matches. UCF junior co-captain Pamela Fernandez defeated Bateup, 6-4, 7-5, at No.2 to tie the match at three all.

"This was a great win for us," said Knights' head coach Patricia Allison. "The players put forth a great effort and continue to improve with each match. I am proud of them."

Next up, the Golden Knights host Kansas on March 23 at 11 a.m.

1. Kristina Lohmos (UCF) def. Biljana Dimovska (UH), 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3
2. Pamela Fernandez (UCF) def. Brianna Bateup (UH), 6-4, 7-5
3. Kami Miller (UH) def. Ola Luczak (UCF), 6-1, 6-3
4. Diana Martin (UH) def. Jennifer Carati (UCF), 6-0, 6-3
5. Yolani Terblanche (UH) def. Anna Yakimchenkova (UCF), 6-3, 6-1
6. Kyla McNicol (UCF) def. Tiffany McLoughlin (UH), 6-0, 6-3

1. Dimovska/Terblanche (UH) def. Fernandez/Becky Gordon (UCF), 8-1
2. Lohmos/McNicol (UCF) def. Martin/Miller (UH), 8-4
3. Megan Hunter/Yakimchenkova (UCF) def. Bateup/Sarah Reimer (UH), 8-3

Order of Finish: 6, 4, 3, 5, 2, 1