Women's Tennis Suffers First Loss of the Season to EMU, 5-2
Feb. 23, 2007
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Junior Carolyne Parent won her fourth consecutive singles match on Friday, but it wasn't enough as the Illinois State women's tennis team fell for the first time in 2007 to Eastern Michigan, 5-2, at the West Hills Athletic Club in Kalamazoo, Mich. The Redbirds failed to win the doubles point for the first time this season and loss four of six singles matches.
"It's always disappointing to lose," head coach Chris Hoover said. "We went up against a very solid team in Eastern Michigan. We had some opportunities in all of our matches, but we couldn't take advantage of them."
With the loss, ISU's record stands at 3-1, while the Eagles improved to 5-3.
Eastern Michigan took the early 1-0 advantage by sweeping all three doubles matches. At No. 1, senior Katri Miller and junior Véronique Parke-Bédard had their six-match winning streak snapped as EMU's Vanessa Frankowski and Yana Parfenyuk downed the duo, 8-6. The Eagles clinched the point at the No. 2 position when Aditi Krishnan and Catherina Bestehorn dispatched the team of sophomore Tanja Hrovatic and freshman Julia Zubkova, 8-5. Eastern Michigan finished the sweep when Laura Fernandez and Flavia Micati downed Parent and senior Matea Simovic, 8-2.
With momentum on their side, the Eagles never let Illinois State get back into the match by claiming victory in four of six singles positions. At the top spot, Miller took the first set from 86th-ranked Frankowski, 6-2, before falling in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Parfenyuk took down Parke-Bédard at the No. 3 spot, 6-4, 6-4, while Bestehorn outlasted Hrovatic at the No. 4 position, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2. EMU's final victory came at the No. 6 spot, where Fernandez swept Simovic, 7-5, 6-3.
The Redbirds claimed their two points at the No. 2 and 4 spots in the lineup. Zubkova rallied to win after dropping the first set 2-6, to take the next two, 6-2, 6-4, over Krishnan for her first victory at the No. 2 position. Parent remained unbeaten in dual-match action by besting Emma Czarnecki, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 5 spot.
Illinois State will return to the West Hills Athletic Club on Saturday to face No. 72 Western Michigan. First serve between the Redbirds and the Broncos is schedule for noon.
Eastern Michigan 5, Illinois State 2