Tennis Clinches First Ever League Title
April 18, 2014
Dayton, Ohio - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tennis team clinched its first ever Horizon League Championship in program history Friday in convincing fashion, taking down Wright State, 7-0, at the WSU Tennis Courts.
UWM, which was picked fifth in the preseason poll, finishes the regular season on top of the league for the first time ever after an outstanding season that saw them finish with a 13-8 record overall and a 7-1 mark in Horizon League play. Milwaukee wraps up its season on top of the league with at least a share of league title in hand, while the majority of the rest of the league has one match remaining on the schedule.
"We were picked to finish fifth and now we are league champs for the first time in program history," head coach Greg Cromwell said. "It means a lot to us, now only because of how deep the league is right now, but also because we lost a key player to injury in Dana Shannon. We will try to win the conference title for Dana, for the school and for our city. All credit goes to our student-athletes. They've dealt with a lot and have shown how tough they are. Now it's time to get even tougher."
The Panthers posted dominating performances across the board, winning all but one match in straight sets.
Battling in the second spot for just the fourth time this season, Christina Colarossi cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win. Freshman Aerielle Pendleton also won in convincing fashion with a 6-2, 6-3 win at the six spot.
From there, Milwaukee flexed its muscle. Diana Tokar battled for a well-deserved 6-4, 6-3 victory at the top spot and freshman Hayley Marshall showed the Panther's depth by completing the sweep with a 2-6, 6-2, 10-5 win at the third spot.
In doubles, Straub and Tokar won easily, 8-4, while Colarossi and Kurer also cruised to an 8-3 win to grab the doubles point to wrap up the season on a high note heading into the conference tournament.
Milwaukee now waits for the rest of the league to finish up its play to find out where it will be seeded heading into the Horizon League Tournament next weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich. UWM has guaranteed itself at least a bye into the second round in the league tournament and will be seeded either first or second.