On a day when the Illinois State women’s tennis team was scheduled to play outside, the Redbirds had to compete against their rival, Bradley, inside at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington on Wednesday. The change of plans did not phase the ’Birds as they dominated the Braves with a 7-0 win. ISU defeated Bradley in all but one match.
The Redbirds began the competition with a loss in the doubles No. 3 position, as Bradley’s Ariel Dechter and Cassia Wojtalik edged Heather Nisbet and Kadi Ilves. Phyllis Tigges and Madeliene Baillon took down the BU duo of Adele Henke and Sarah Rodefeld, 8-5 in doubles No. 1 position, while Emmie Marx and Carolina Abello bested Ashley Thai and Carly Miles, 8-4, in the doubles No. 2 spot.
“I thought we came out a little slow in doubles,” ISU women’s tennis head coach Chris Hoover said. “Three [Nisbet and Ilves] was a little too aggressive I think, and didn’t quite get it done there but we picked it up in one and two. Overall, I thought it went pretty well.”
When ISU matched up against the Braves in singles play, the ’Birds defeated them in all six flights. This secured the win for ISU’s first Missouri Valley Conference match.
Tigges took down Henke 6-2, 6-3, in singles No. 1, while Marx beat Dechter 5-7, 6-3, in singles No. 2. Abello snagged a win in Singles No. 3 position against Thai, 6-1, 6-0, and Ilves defeated Rodefeld 6-1, 6-0, in singles No. 4.
Baillon bested Miles 6-2, 6-4, in the singles No. 5 position, and Gabby Phillips beat Wojtalik in a third-set tie-breaker, 6-1, 3-6, 11-9 in the No. 6 spot.
The Redbirds will host 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Champions Wichita State at noon, April 5.