Last weekend proved to be a successful one for the Illinois State women’s tennis team, as the Redbirds went 2-1 on the weekend. ISU defeated both Creighton and Eastern Michigan. With the two wins, the Redbirds improved their overall season record 5-3.
ISU 5, Creighton 2
During the first match of the weekend, ISU beat Creighton, 5-2. The Redbirds swept the Bluejays in all three doubles matches.
Madeline Baillon and Phyllis Tigges defeated Jennie Hartjes and Katherine Nelsen, 7-6 in a come-back tie-breaker in Doubles Flight 1. In the Flight 2 position, Emmie Marx and Sierra Stone cruised by Analese Snyder and Amanda Noonan, 6-3, while Heather Nisbet and Kadi Ilves bested Liz Vermillion and Sam Anderson, 6-3, in Flight 3.
When the ’Birds went into singles play, Carolina Abello took down
Hartjes, 6-3, 6-4 in Singles No. 2. Stone found success against Nelsen, 6-2, 6-1 in Singles No. 3 and Baillon took down Vermillion, 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 4 position. Ilves bested Anderson, 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 position. Marx was unable to claim victory against Hartjes in Singles No. 1, 6-1, 6-0. Natalia Parchowska fell to Noonan, 6-2, 6-1.
“We didn’t play as well as we did last weekend,” ISU head coach Chris Hoover said. “I think we were doing a lot of the right things today, but we just weren’t executing it well.”
ISU 6, Eastern Michigan 1
On Saturday, the ’Birds dominated over Eastern Michigan, 6-1. Tigges and Baillon defeated Klara Supejova and Nino Mebuke, 8-6, in the No. 1 doubles position. Marx and Stone beat Mariya Toncheva and Maria Paula Ribero, 8-2, in the No. 2 position. Nisbet and Ilves fell to Daphne Freidnrichs and Zsofia Biro, 8-1, but ISU still earned the doubles point.
ISU won all but one match during singles action. In the No. 1 position, Marx was defeated by Supejova, 1-6, 3-6. Tigges bested Mebuke in a three set match, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, in Singles No. 2, while Abello dominated over Toncheva in the No. 3 position for a 6-4, 6-1 win. Stone bested Freidrich, 6-1, 6-2 in Singles No. 4. Baillon triumphed over Ribero 6-0, 6-2, in the No. 6 position while Ilves edged Biro in a third-set tie-breaker, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6.
“This is a really a positive step towards the goals we have this year,” Hoover said.
Nebraska 5, ISU 2
In the final competition over the weekend, the Redbirds fell to No. 49 Nebraska, 5-2.
Marx and Stone fought to take down Maike Zeppernick and Izabella Zgierska, 8-6 in Doubles No. 2. Nisbet and Ilves found success against Lisa Andersson and Hannah Sulz, 8-5, in the No. 3 position. Tigges and Baillon lost against Maggy Lehmicke and Mary Hanna, 8-3, in Doubles No. 1.
When the Redbirds faced Nebraska in singles action, Ilves beat Sulz in the third set, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, in the No. 6 position. Marx lost against No. 80 Lehmicke, 6-2, 6-3, in the No. 1 position, while Tigges was unable to find a way to win against Zgierska, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, in Singles No. 2. Nebraska’s Hanna defeated Abello, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 3 position, and Stone was taken to third set and lost against Andersson, 6-7, (6-8), 6-3, 1-0, (10-4), in Single No. 4. Baillon came up short against Zeppernick, 6-3, 6-4, in Singles No. 5.
“We came out strong in doubles and getting that point set us up to get our chances in singles,” graduate student and assistant coach, Cami Hubbs said. “All the players fought hard, and each court had a chance to take the lead, if not the match.
“We’re looking forward to integrating what we’ve learned from our three matches this weekend into our practice this week and against UIC next Sunday.”