Ahmed falls in straight sets at NCAA Championships

Release courtesy of Fresno State Athletics.

TULSA, Okla. -- In her first NCAA tournament appearance, sophomore Mayar Sherif Ahmed was unable to recover from an early deficit against LSU's Jessica Golovin in the first round, falling in straight sets on Wednesday at the Michael Case Tennis Center. Ahmed was the 11th Bulldog in the program's history to qualifying for the NCAA Women's Singles Championship.

Falling behind 4-1 early in the first set against the No. 59-ranked Tiger, Ahmed battled back. The Bulldog sophomore followed Golovin's quick start by claiming three of the next four games. Ahmed, the No. 62-ranked player nationally, was serving to level the set at five-all, but trailing 30-40, she sent a return long to drop the opening set 6-4.

Ahmed broke serve to open the second set, but the Tiger freshman responded by winning the next two games to get back on serve. The two then began trading games, eventually pushing the set to a tiebreaker.

Sitting at three-all in the tiebreak, Golovin pulled away with three straight points. Triple-match point was too much for Ahmed to overcome as she dropped the tiebreaker 7-4.

While the Bulldog's time in the singles tournament came to an end, she is still slated to compete in the first round of tomorrow's doubles championship. Joining her older sister Rana, the two are set to face Stanford's No. 5-ranked team of Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle. The doubles match is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. PT on Thursday and will stream live at streamingtennis.com/Tulsa.com.