Marquette shuts out Redbirds in 7-0 decision

John Butkus

Staff Writer

The Illinois State women’s tennis team fell to a 7-5 record on the season after losing to Marquette Friday at Helfaer Tennis Stadium in Milwaukee, Wis. The Redbirds have lost two of their last three matches.

Starting with singles matches, Phyllis Tigges battled in the No. 1 position against Ana Pimlenta of Marquette to force a third-set-tiebreaker, but could not come away with the win, falling 6-2, 2-6, 10-6. In the No. 2 match, Emmie Marx lost to Ali Dawson 6-2, 6-1. In the next match, Carolina Abello was defeated by Erin Gebes of Marquette 6-0, 6-0.

Next up in the No. 4 match was Sierra Stone versus Vanessa Foltinger of Marquette. Stone lost her match by a score of 7-5, 7-5. In the No. 5 position, ISU sophomore Kadi Ilves also fought hard to force a third-set-tiebreaker against Laia Hernandez but could not get the win, falling 6-2, 7-5, 12-10.

In the final singles match of the day, ISU’s Heather Nisbet took on Aina Hernandez, only to be defeated 6-1, 6-0.

In doubles matches, Tigges and her partner Madeliene Baillon could not secure the win, losing 8-7 in the No. 1 position. In the next match, partners Marx and Stone fall to Gebes and partner Rocio Diaz of Marquette, 8-4.

In the No. 3 position, ISU’s Nisbet and partner Ilves were defeated by Hernandez and Pimlenta, 8-3.

For Tigges, it is important to look at the positives that came out of the matches.

“For my singles, I think I played very well considering that I had some knee problems and was not sure if I would be able to play through the whole match,” Tigges said. “My opponent was really strong but I found a way to get into the match and I think that is always important also for Bradley. To keep fighting and always stay positive especially because we will be playing outside.”

After being shut out Friday, ISU will move on to its next opponent, Bradley.

“I think this match is really important because it is our first conference match, so it is important to start strong and  get focused and to start out with a win for our confidence,” Tigges said.

The upcoming matches against Bradley will be ISU’s first home, outdoor contest of the season and is also its first taste of Missouri Valley Conference play of the spring.

The Redbirds will host Bradley at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Gregory Street Courts.

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