Drake takes down ISU women’s tennis

Archive Photo: Sierra Stone scored the Redbirds’ only point against Drake over the weekend.

Archive Photo:
Sierra Stone scored the Redbirds’ only point against Drake over the weekend.

John Butkus

Sports Reporter

The Illinois State women’s tennis team goes winless this weekend after losing to Drake 6-1. The Redbirds have lost three of their last four matches.

The Redbirds’ lone point of the day came from ISU freshman Sierra Stone in the No. 2 singles match. Stone beat Mariel Ante 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. In No. 1 singles match, Phyllis Tigges was defeated in a close match by Klavdija Rebol, 6-3, 1-6,10-5. In the No. 3 spot, Carolina Abello was beat by Maddie Johnson of Drake 6-3 and 6-3.

In the second half of matches, Madeliene Baillon lost to Nell Boyd 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 4 match. Kadi Ilves was defeated by Jordan Eggleston, 6-2, 6-2 and Gabby Phillips lost to Lea Kozulic 6-0, 6-4.

The Redbirds are looking to learn from the loss to Drake and to respond well next time around.

“I think we all played well and we now know what to expect from these teams at the Championship weekend and hopefully, we will be able to respond in favor for us,” Tigges said.

Tigges and her partner Baillon rallied against Johnson and Kozulic in Doubles No. 1 and took an 8-7 (3) win. Heather Nisbet and Ilves lost to Boyd and Rebol 8-6 and in the No. 3 match Abello and Stone were defeated by Eggelston and Ante, 8-4.

The Redbirds also played Saturday, but lost to Northern Iowa 6-1. Tigges won the only point for ISU defeating Jieke Stroobant, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 1 singles match. In the next match, Erica Medlin defeated Stone of ISU, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 while Elvira Lopez edged Abello, 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-5 in the No. 3 match.

In the second half of singles matches, Astri Santos defeated Baillon, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the No. 4 match and Krissy Lankelma beat Ilves, 6-4, 6-4. The singles matches concluded with Sydney Wolfe defeatingPhillip, 6-3, 7-5.

Tigges and Baillon were the only Redbirds to find success in doubles competition, beating Stroobant and Medlin, 8-4 in the No. 1 match; however, ISU failed to score the double’s point. In the No. 2 match Lopez and Santos beat Ilves and Nisbet, 8-2 and Lankelma and Wolfe beat Stone and Abello, 8-5 in the No. 3 match.

After losing three of the last four matches the Redbirds are still confident they played to the best of their abilities.

“I think most of it was just luck, because we all played very well and fought hard. I think if we stay focused and build up on the performance we should this weekend, we will definitely be able to beat Evansville. We are such a good team and if we keep believing, we can do very well,” Tigges said.

The Redbirds will look to put a notch in the win column when they take on Evansville at the Gregory Street Tennis courts Friday. The matches are scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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