The Redbirds women’s tennis team was well represented in their opening weekend, winning numerous competitions, including one tournament title and two consolations titles.
Friday would bring complications due to the weather, which would force competition inside, but after the first day of competition at Ball State University, the Redbirds were quite successful, having four of nine singles competitors advance in their competitions. In doubles competitions, three of eight Redbirds pairs advanced.
In Flight B singles, junior Emmie Marx won in two sets. In Flight C, sophomore Kadi Ilves won in two sets. Also in Flight C, freshman Madeliene Baillon advanced because her competitor withdrew due to an injury. Heather Nisbet won her Singles E Flight matchup in two sets as well.
On the doubles side, Flight A competitors Marx and Nisbet won their first round matchup, 8-5 before losing in the second round. In Flight B, Ilves and Baillon won their first round matchup before losing in the second round. Gabby Phillips and Ashton Nisbet also won a first round matchup in Flight B, 8-3.
On day two of the Ball State Invite, Ilves advanced in Flight C singles in two sets over Eastern Kentucky’s Saioa Oscoz. She would go on to win her next two matchups and advance to the finals. Freshman Sierra Stone advanced two rounds in Flight A Singles as well.
On the final day, the Redbirds shined as they took home three titles. Ilves won the Flight C Singles title as well as winning the doubles Flight B consolation with teammate Baillon. Stone also earned the Flight A Consolation title.
Ilves went undefeated in the Flight C Singles competition this past weekend. Stone’s consolation victory was her first-career tournament title.
Competing schools at the Ball State Invitational included ISU, Ball State, Eastern Kentucky, Arkansas State, IUPUI, Valparaiso, Notre Dame, Wright State, Cleveland State, Chicago State and Butler.
The Redbirds will next compete in Oxford, Ohio over the weekend, hosted by Miami (Ohio) University.