Illinois State women’s tennis earned just one point as it was defeated by the nationally ranked Wichita State Shockers, 6-1 in Bloomington. ISU has lost two of their last three matches.
The Redbirds prepared to host Wichita State at Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington and, due to inclement weather conditions, the match was moved indoors to Gregory Street Courts in Normal.
ISU freshman Madeliene Baillon was the only player to find success for her team Saturday. She won both her singles and doubles matches, but it wasn’t enough to seal the win for the Redbirds.
Starting with singles matches, in the No. 1 position, Julia Schiller of Wichita State beat Phyllis Tigges in two games, 6-0, 6-3. In the No. 2 and 3 slots, Rebecca Pedrazzi beat Sierra Stone of ISU, 6-2, 6-2 and Lucia Kovalova defeated Carolina Abello, 6-4, 6-2.
Baillon edged Abby Stevens by scores of 6-2, 3-6 and 14-12 in a three-set tiebreaker in the fourth slot. Montse B. Fernandez beat Natalia Parchowska, 6-0, 6-1 and Veronika Blaskova defeated Kadi Ilves of ISU, 8-3 to close out the singles matches of the day.
In doubles play, Baillon and her partner Tigges defeated Blaskova and Kovalava, 8-6, in the No. 1 position. The Redbirds went on to lose in the number two and three positions, causing them to lose the doubles point.
In the second position, Pedrazzi and Fernandez defeated Carolina Abello and Stone, 8-1 and in the No. 3 position Schiller and Stevens edged Heather Nisbet and Ilves of ISU, 8-6.
“I think we had a shot at the doubles, but we let it get away,” head coach Chris Hoover said. “They’re a good team and they’re pretty much who everyone is looking to beat right now. We’re not giving up; we’re going to keep fighting to take down the rest of the conference teams.”
Hoover hopes his confidence is enough to carry the team through a busy schedule of upcoming Missouri Valley Conference matches.
The Redbirds will return to the tennis courts at 1 p.m. Saturday when they travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa to take on Northern Iowa.