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Cichon's Comeback Victory Clinched the Match for No. 21 Women's Tennis 6-1 Win over No. 44 Wichita State

Cichon's comeback victory clinched the match for No. 21 Golden Hurricane (13-4) as Tulsa defeated No. 44 Wichita State (11-6) on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center
Cichon's comeback victory clinched the match for No. 21 Golden Hurricane (13-4) as Tulsa defeated No. 44 Wichita State (11-6) on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center
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March 29, 2014

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TULSA, Okla. - Freshman Marcelina Cichon's 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win at the No. 3 singles position clinched the match for the University of Tulsa women's tennis team as No. 21 Golden Hurricane (13-4) won 6-1, after losing five of six first sets in singles, over No. 44 Wichita State (11-6) on Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center.

After losing the first set, Cichon trailed 5-1, but battled back to win the next six points to win the second set and to force a third set, which she won, to give the Golden Hurricane a 4-1 lead.

"We knew going into this match that Wichita State is a very talented team and well coached by Colin Foster, who's one of the best up and coming young coaches," TU head coach Dean Orford said. "So, we knew we had a tough battle. The girls responded very well."

Wichita State won the first doubles match with an 8-2 win at the No. 2 position, but the Golden Hurricane won the final two doubles match to clinch the doubles point for the 14th time this season.

Sophomore Renata Kuricova and Cichon won 8-3 at the No. 1 doubles position and senior Maria Sant'Anna and sophomore Saana Saarteinen clinched the doubles point with an 8-3 win at the No. 3 position.

In singles, comeback victories were the theme against the Shockers as the Golden Hurricane lost five of the six first set singles. Tulsa also trailed 5-2, 5-3 and 4-0 in the second set, but battled back to win those sets and matches.

The Shockers tied the score at one after a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 6 singles position, but the Golden Hurricane won the next two matches to take a 3-1 lead.

Sant'Anna won in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 5 singles position and Kuricova won 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 1 singles position. Kuricova lost the first set, but battled back to win the second set to force a third set. Down 3-1, Kuricova scored five of the next six points to win the set and the match.

Then Cichon's comeback victory gave Tulsa a 4-1 lead and the final two matches were also comeback victories for the Golden Hurricane.

Saarteinen lost the first set 6-2 at the No. 4 singles position and trailed 5-2 in the second set. Saarteinen won the next five points to win the set 7-5 and the final set went back-and-forth, but Saarteinen came out on top with a 7-6 (2), to give the Golden Hurricane a 5-1 lead.

Freshman Rongrong Leenabanchong lost the first set 7-5 at the No. 2 singles position and was trailing 4-0 in the second set. Leenabanchong won seven of the next eight points to win the set and to force a third set. With a back-and-forth set, the match entered the tie-breaker tied at six. With the tie-breaker tied at five, Leenabanchong won the final two points to win the tie-breaker 7-5 and the set 7-6 to give the Golden Hurricane the 6-1 win.

"If you look at the score, which was 6-1, we lost five first sets," Orford said. "A lot of them were three set matches and the girls showed incredible heart and character coming back to win those matches. The score was misleading, but it was a really good college match and I'm proud of what the girls did today.

"Not only did we come back from first set deficits, but we were in the hole in the second set. That just shows a lot about our ladies. They really put it on the line and competed and they should feel really proud of themselves."

The Golden Hurricane travels to Louisville, Ky., next weekend for two matches. TU faces William and Mary on Saturday, April 5 at 11 a.m. and host Louisville on Sunday, April 6 at 11 a.m.

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No. 21 Tulsa 6, No. 44 Wichita State 1

Singles

1. Renata Kuricova (TLS) d. Julia Schiller (WSU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4

2. Rongrong Leenabanchong (TLS) d. Rebecca Pedrazzi (WSU) 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5)

3. Marcelina Cichon (TLS) d. Lucia Kovalova (WSU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

4. Saana Saarteinen (TLS) d. Abby Stevens (WSU) 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (2)

5. Maria Sant'Anna (TLS) d. Montse B. Fernandez (WSU) 7-5, 6-3

6. Veronika Blaskova (WSU) d. Carol Benito (TLS) 6-3, 6-4

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

Doubles

1. Renata Kuricova/Marcelina Cichon (TLS) d. Lucia Kovalova/Veronika Blaskova (WSU) 8-3

2. Rebecca Pedrazzi/Montse B. Fernandez (WSU) d. Rongrong Leenabanchong/Carol Benito (TLS) 8-1

3. Maria Sant'Anna/Saana Saarteinen (TLS) d. Abby Stevens/Julia Schiller (WSU) 8-3

Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3