The Illinois State women’s tennis team brought its own fire to Chicago to take down the Illinois-Chicago Flames, 4-3, on Sunday. This is the first time in three-consecutive seasons that the ’Birds beat the Flames.
After putting up a fight in the first half of the competition, the Redbirds struggled to best the Flames, falling in Doubles No. 2 and No. 3 and giving up the doubles point to UIC (2-8).
In doubles play, Phyllis Tigges and Kadi Ilves beat Mariana Palacios and Natasha Kuvakine, 8-3 in Doubles No. 1. Emmie Marx and Carolina Abello were unable to find success against Kathryn Shaples and Jana Knoppe, taking the loss 8-6 in Doubles No. 2.
Twin sisters Heather Nisbet and Ashton Nisbet were also defeated, 8-4, by Keti Mebuke and Veronica Lacerda.
The Redbirds found momentum in singles action and earned four wins. Tigges took down Palacios in a third-set tie-breaker, 6-3, 5-2, 10-5, in the No. 1 position.
Marx also claimed victory in a third-set tie-breaker against Shaples, 0-6, 6-4, 10-5. Abello was edged by Knoppe, 7-5, 6-3, in the No. 3 position, and Heather Nisbet fell to Lacerda in the No. 5 position, 7-5, 6-2.
Ilves took down Mebuke, 6-3, 7-5, in No. 4 Singles, while Gabby Phillips recorded a win by default due to a lack of players from UIC, which gave Illinois the victory.
ISU is currently standing at an overall record of 6-3, and 0-0 in Conference play.
At home, the Redbirds are 1-1, while on the road they stand at 3-2. Neutral play record comes out to 2-0.
ISU women’s tennis continues to power through its season in preparation for the MVC Championships, which will take place in Normal in April of 2014.
The Redbirds will not resume play until March 11 when they will travel to Florida to take on Stetson University. The event is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. central time.