The Illinois State University women's tennis team defeated Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, 4-1, to finish out a two-match weekend. The Redbirds went 2-0 last weekend, taking down Western Illinois on Friday.
Illinois State (4-2) captured the doubles point to go up 1-0 in the match. After taking an early lead, sophomore Tara Damnjanovic led the way in the singles matches at the No. 1 spot, taking down IUPUI's Gabbi Ochalik 6-1, 6-2. Next, freshman Elena Jankulovska defeated Sammi Hayward 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 4 spot.
Clinching the win for the ’Birds was senior Laura Arciniegas at No. 5, capturing the point over Diya Matta 6-1, 6-4.
Thoughts from assistant coach Danielle Wagland via GoRedbirds.com: "We produced a very strong performance from start to finish today. With only five players in the lineup, they each knew the importance of winning their match and took care of business. We will spend the next few days working on specific areas of their games, putting us in a good position for our next road match against SIUE."
Redbirds Scoring Breakdown:
1. Tara Damnjanovic (ILST) def. Gabbi Ochalik (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-2
2. Natalia Bravo (ILST) vs. Krystal Grubb (IUPUI) 2-6, 6-3, 2-0 DNF
3. Laura Fitzgerald (ILST) vs. Sarah Lounsbury (IUPUI) 6-1, 6-5 DNF
4. Elena Jankulovska (ILST) def. Sammi Hayward (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-3
5. Laura Arciniegas (ILST) def. Diya Matta (IUPUI) 6-2, 6-4
6. Marta Krakowski (IUPUI) def. Ivon Mihaleva (ILST) ret.
1. Tara Damnjanovic/ Natalia Bravo (ILST) def. Gabbi Ochalik/Krystal Grubb (IUPUI) 6-3
2. Laura Fitzgerald/ Elena Jankulovska (ILST) def. Sammi Hayward/Ines Rivera (IUPUI) 6-2
3. Sarah Lounsbury/Diya Matta (IUPUI) def. Laura Arciniegas/Ivon Mihaleva (ILST) ret.
The Redbirds look to continue their winning ways at SIUE 2 p.m. Feb. 14.