Tennis Set for Back-to-Back Weekend Matches

Megan Coffee

Director / Strategic Brand Engagement

CINCINNATIA– The University of Cincinnati tennis team plays in back-to-back matches this weekend, hosting Utah January 28 at 6 pm at the Western Athletic Club then traveling to Butler on January 29 for a 4 pm matchup against the Bulldogs.

The Bearcats return home to the Western Athletic Club on Friday for the first time this season to go head-to-head with the University of Utah for the first time in program history. The match is free and open to the public. The match will also have live stats available.


The University of Utah tennis team improved to 4-0 this season following a 7-0 win against Montana. They are ranked in the No.1 spot for PAC Women’s Tennis Standings. The Utes are coached by Ric Mortera and Blair Shankle.

Graduat student Linda Huang is 4-0 in singles as well as in doubles play with her partner, senior Madison Tattini. Senior Emily Dush is also 4-0 in singles and doubles play this season.


Cincinnati is 16-2 all-time against Butler and owns a 7-2 on the road at Butler. Last time out, the Bearcats secured the 6-1 win. Maria Santilli outpaced the competition with her two set, 6-0 sweep, followed by Emma Miceli’s sweep over Butler in singles action.

Butler is 0-1 so far on the season following a 6-1 loss to Miami OH on Jan. 21. Nancy Cabanas won at the No. 6 singles in straight sets for the Bulldog’s only points in the team score. Freshman Katie Beavin took her singles match to the tie-breaker, but ultimately fell to Sara Zalukar.


The Bearcats are coming off three road matches, in which the team went 1-2 overall.

This past Sunday, the Bearcats swept Dayton 7-0. All three doubles teams were on fire against the Flyers, winning their matches 7-5, 6-3, and 6-1.

Ioana Guna picked up her second win in singles this season improving to 2-1. Several other Bearcat players added wins to their belt including Emma Micelic, Elizabeth Pendergast, Cassie McLay, Callie Flanagan, and Kelli Niehaus. Maria Santilli, who did not compete at Dayton, is 2-0 in singles play.


head coach Eric Toth secured his 300th win this past Sunday when the Bearcats beat Dayton 7-0 on the road.


For all the latest information on Cincinnati tennis, please visit For up-to-the-minute updates, follow the team (@GoBearcatsWTEN) and Head Coach Eric Toth (@EricToth1) on Twitter. You can also find the Bearcats on Instagram and Facebook.

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