|Redbird women’s tennis finishes weekend even|
|Written by Kevin Powell, Daily Vidette Reporter|
|Monday, 16 April 2012 12:02|
In a weekend full of competition, the ISU women’s tennis team made it out with a 1-1 record, falling to No. 68 Wichita State Friday, but rebounding against Creighton, 6-1, in Normal.
WSU 7, ISU 0
In ISU’s first match against WSU, they were swept in every match.
The Shockers got the ball rolling when they won all the doubles matches.
Ariane Maack and Phyllis Tigges fell, 8-1, in the first set of doubles matches. In the No. 3 position ISU’s Hannah Esker and Stefanie Youngberg lost their match, 9-8 (1).
In another close match, Aniko Kiss and Emmie Marx fell, 9-8 (7-5).
“How we do in doubles usually tells us how we do in the match,” ISU head coach Chris Hoover said. “The team played well and fought, but Wichita State was too much. They’re a great team, and they definitely proved that.”
In singles play, Carolina Abello was the first one to drop her match when she lost to WSU’s Satjaporn Mahajaroenkul, 6-3, 6-0.
No. 76 Lutfiana Budiharto beat Kiss in a tightly contested match, 6-4, 6-3. WSU’s Delia Damaschin beat Marx, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, in the No. 2 set.
Phyllis Tigges dropped her match to Wichita’s Lucia Kovalova, 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, in the No. 3 flight.
“We played well today, but it wasn’t enough” Kiss said. “I know that if we keep playing at this level, we will do well and be nationally ranked in years to come.”
Although the ’Birds dropped the match, Hoover was happy with his team’s performance.
“It was a tough loss,” Hoover said. “Everyone gave it a go, and we had several three-setters. I believe in our process of producing wins, and even though some may have the tendency to second guess what we’re doing. I know that if we keep plugging away, we’ll be able to rebound and have a winning season.”
ISU 6, Creighton 1
The ’Birds were able to bounce back from the WSU loss when they defeated Creighton, 6-1.
“They gave us a good fight,” Hoover said. “We came in ready to fight, and I think the team did a great job rebounding.”
Kiss and Marx paired up to win their doubles match, 8-2, in the No. 1 slot.
Youngberg and Esker were able to beat Creighton, 8-4, in the No. 3 position.
In singles, Kiss was able to win a close match, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, while Marx was able to defeat her opponent, 6-1, 6-2.
“We did to Creighton what Wichita State did to us yesterday,” said Hoover. “It felt good to win.”
ISU will resume action against Southern Illinois and Evansville at home Saturday and Sunday.