Brengle falls in Australian Open third round

Madison Brengle’s stay in the women’s singles bracket of the Australian Open came to an end on Friday night with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber in the tournament’s third round.

For the 25-year-old from Dover, it was her fourth loss to Kerber in four career tries. Brengle, who is ranked No. 49 in the world, has won only one set in those four matches against the 28-year-old German, who is currently ranked sixth.

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Brengle was trying to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open for the second straight year.

In a match that lasted 57 minutes, Brengle did play some competitive stretches with Kerber. She trailed only 2-1 in the first set and broke the German’s serve to take a 1-0 lead in the second set.

Later in the second set, Brengle battled back to tie it at 2-2 and then 3-3. Finally, though, Kerber reeled off the final three games to earn her ticket to the round of 16.

Both players made 18 unforced errors in the match. But Kerber broke Brengle’s serve five times and hit 27 winners compared to 13 for Brengle.

It was the second time this month that Brengle lost to Kerber having also lost to her in a warmup tournament in Australia two weeks ago.

College basketball

WOMEN, Drexel 54, Delaware 53: Senior Courtni Green drained five three-pointers for another 20-plus point game Friday evening, but the Blue Hens couldn’t execute late in the Colonial Athletic Association loss on Friday night.

Green, whose five treys tied a career record, also became the 25th player in program history to reach the 1,000-career point mark and finished the evening with a game-best 23 points

With a game-high 17 rebounds, Makeda Nicholas also continued to impress in CAA play, as the sophomore became the first player in program history to register back-to-back games with 17 boards. Junior Erika Brown came off the bench for the third straight game and recorded 14 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Drexel (8-9, 4-2 CAA) held the Hens to a season-low five points in the first quarter and led by as much as 11 before Delaware (9-8, 4-2 CAA) proceeded to slowly cut into the lead in the low-scoring affair.  A three-pointer from Green gave the Hens the 38-36 advantage to open the fourth as the two teams exchanged the lead over the next five minutes.

Delaware held possession of the ball with 15 seconds remaining, but a series of miscues allowed the Dragons to walk away with the 54-53 win.

“This is frustrating,” said coach Tina Martin. “We didn’t execute plays that are routine for us. We made too many communication mistakes on the defensive end of the floor at the end of the game. We played very anxious and that can’t happen. We need to get past the anxiousness and nerves as we’re in CAA games now. You can’t spot a team like Drexel that much of a lead and expect to crawl back into it.

“It’s frustrating.  I’m past disappointment.”

College baseball

DSU picked second in North: Delaware State has been picked to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern Division baseball race, according to a poll of league head coaches and sports information representatives.

Also, the MEAC announced its preseason individual baseball honors.

Delaware State third baseman Cameron Onderko (Sr.) was the only Hornet to be recognized, earning preseason All-MEAC first-team honors.

The Hornets received two first-place votes and 48 total points in the Northern Division poll, trailing only defending division champ Norfolk State, which collected 14 first-place votes and 68 points. UMES was selected to finish third and Coppin State fourth in the North Division balloting.

Reigning MEAC champ Florida A&M is predicted to win the Southern Division race for the second year in a row.

Delaware State was third in the 2015 MEAC North with a 13-11 record. The Hornets won their first two MEAC Tournament games to reach the championship semifinals last year.

Onderko was fifth on the Hornets with a .299 batting average (44-for-147) and No. 1 in on-base percentage (.459) last season. He was also third on the team in hits, fifth in runs batted in and tops among all MEAC players in bases on balls during the 2015 campaign.

The Hornets are scheduled to open the 2016 season with a four-game series at Gardner Webb (N.C.) Feb. 19-21. DSU’s home opener is Mar. 11 against Marist at Soldier Field.





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