Illinois State women’s tennis traveled to Peoria to take place in the Bradley Invitational.
In singles matches, they finished the weekend 5-7, while the doubles teams finished 2-1.
The Redbirds started the first day of the Bradley Invitational on a down note. A 1-3 record to open the tournament was highlighted by the lone win from freshman Elena Jankulovska.
"We played some tough three-setters in singles today and I was really happy with the effort we showed out there in really hot conditions," ISU head coach Maja Kovacek said. "It wasn't our best tennis, but it was a good way to start the tournament. Jelena [Vujicic] and Tara [Damnjanovic] played great doubles, and it was especially great to see Jelena out there again."
Facing Southern Illinois University Evansville’s Callaghan Adams, Jankulovska finished her off winning the three sets 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.
Illinois State’s doubles tandem fared better on Day One. The pairing of Vujicic and Damnjanovic picked up a pair of wins on opening day taking down SIUE’s Jill Lambrechts/Vanessa Reinicke 8-4 before taking down Saint Louis’ pairing of Cassie McKenzie/Ariana Rodriguez 8-4.
The match had a lot of meaning for Vujicic who returned to action after an injury kept her out of action for over a year.
"Today was a special day," Vujicic said. "I played my first official match in a year and I'm very happy with my performance. I'm excited for what's to come this season."
Once again Day Two saw a mixed bag of results for the Redbirds.
Vujicic and Damnjanovic’s success carried over in Day Two. The duo took down Bradley's Natalia Barbery/Sandra Maletin 6-2.
"We came out with the right attitude and played to win," Damnjanovic said. "This tournament was a good start of the fall season and we already gained experience. I'm happy with my and Jelena's performance just because we had good chemistry and good communication throughout all three matches."
Illinois State’s other duo of junior Laura Fitzgerald and Jankulovska took second place in their bracket after losing to Bradley’s Nina Marjanovic/Victoria Sanchez Bronzetti 8-4.
The Redbirds split the singles section of the day finishing 2-2.
Once again, the Redbirds settled for a split in singles matches on Day Three, once again finishing 2-2.
Senior Laura Arciniegas fell behind, losing her first set 6-0 to Bradley’s Victoria Sanchez Bronzetti. But Arciniegas bounced back winning the next set 7-5 before winning a close 10-8 final set win. Ariciniegas finished the weekend 2-1.
"Overall it was a good event, we got a lot a lot of tough matches and played better each day," Kovacek said.