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YSU women earn share of Horizon League title


The Youngstown State women’s tennis team earned its second straight Horizon League regular-season title with a 6-1 win over IUPUI Sunday. The Penguins finished HL play with an 8-1 mark and tie UIC for the conference championship.

The Penguins finish the regular season with a 14-10 overall mark while going 8-1 in Horizon League play. YSU ties UIC for a share of the league’s regular-season title and will the No. 2 seed at the Horizon League Championships which start on Friday in West Lafayette, Ind., at Purdue University.

YSU picked up doubles wins at No. 2 and No. 3 against the Jaguars. At No. 3, Noelly Longi Nsimba and Lucia Zagar won 6-3 while IUPUI won at No. 1, 7-5. At No. 2 doubles, Ana Stroe and Anastasiia Khokhlova won 7-6 (1) to clinch the point for YSU.

The lone YSU defeat in singles came at No. 5 when Cassandra Moraleja retired.

At No. 3 Khokhlova beat Samantha Mayer 6-1, 6-1. At No. 6, Stroe stepped into the lineup and picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Marina Schneiger. Tamara Teufl moved up to No. 4 singles and earned a 6-2, 7-5 win over Mariella Pessina.

Sofia Macias and Nsimba each earned hard-fought wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. At No. 2, Macias knocked off Krystal Grubb 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 while at No. 1, Nsimba rallied to defeat Valeriia Lavrenchuk 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

YSU men win road finale against IUPUI


The Youngstown State men’s tennis team picked up a 4-3 win over IUPUI on Sunday at the West Indy Racquet Club. The Penguins finish Horizon League play at 5-2 and are the No. 3 seed at the conference tournament.

With the win, YSU improved to 11-10 overall while IUPUI finishes the season 7-18 and 1-6.

The Penguins won at No. 2 and No. 3 to win the doubles point. At No. 2, Danylo Veremeichuk and Yossi Dahan won 6-4 while at No. 3, Matthew Kritzinger and Bassem El Mekawi won 6-2.

Clinching the match for the Penguins was a marathon win by Vasilis Vardakis at No. 3. The Guins picked up straight set wins at No. 4 as El Mekawi won 6-2, 6-3 while Dahan earned a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 5.

Three of the singles matches went to third-set tiebreakers. Joao Garretto lost his match 6-0, 2-6, 7-6 and Alonso Lauz dropped a 6-4, 5-7, 7-6 decision.

Vasilis rallied for a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (9) win at No. 3 to clinch the victory for YSU.

The Horizon League Championships begin on Friday at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

Boardman’s Pikunas MAC’s top freshman

Naperville, Ill.

Freshman Jacinta Pikunas was named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year and earned first-team All-MAC after the Zips placed fourth overall (+60, 310-306-308 - 924) at the 2018 MAC Women’s Golf Championships on Sunday.

Pikunas, a Boardman High School graduate, completed her first MAC Championship event tied for seventh on the individual leaderboard with a 225 (+9) tournament total. She carded a final round 76 (+4) at the par-72, 6,092-yard Naperville Country Club. Pikunas opened the 54-hole season finale with 73 (+1) and 76 (+4) scores.

Grand Prix of Alabama to be completed today


Josef Newgarden applauded IndyCar’s decision not to risk 16 more minutes on a treacherous, rain-soaked track, even though he could have been the biggest beneficiary.

Other drivers weren’t so happy with earlier calls.

Newgarden will remain up front at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday for the completion of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Drivers got in just over 44 minutes of a scheduled 2-hour, or 90-lap, race Sunday under heavy rain that caused some cars to hydroplane and affected visibility.

The race was called before it was halfway through, and thus official.

The 2-hour limit of total race time will remain in place.

From staff and wire reports

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