ISU Women's Tennis Comes From Behind to Defeat New Orleans, 4-3
NEW ORLEANS-The Illinois State women's tennis team (6-5, 1-0 MVC) rallied late to defeat New Orleans, 4-3 on Tuesday, March 12 in New Orleans.
"We were never really winning until we won," head coach Chris Hoover said. "We just didn't go away, and were able to snatch a victory from the jaws of defeat."
Early in the match, the Redbirds got off to a slow start. The Privateers outplayed the Redbirds in doubles, winning matches at both the No.1 and No.2 positions and seizing the team point.
After conceding the point in doubles, the momentum seemed to completely favor the Privateers. The Redbirds dropped matches at the No. 4 and No. 6 positions early in singles play, and UNO expanded their lead, 3-0. Play continued, and the Redbirds remained persistent.
The rally began at the No. 3 position when Phyllis Tigges broke through, defeating Soledad Colderon, 6-4, 6-1. Next, Stefanie Youngberg, the teams only senior, defeated Paula Jimenez, 6-4, 6-1 and set the stage for an ISU victory.
The Redbirds trailed UNO, 3-2 and needed to win both remaining singles matches to come from behind to take the team point. Illinois State's Emmie Marx and Carolina Abello remained on the court at the No. 1 and No.2 positions battling UNO's Marta Sans and Kristina Martic.
Sans and Martic set Marx and Abello on their heels with each of the Privateers picking up a quick first set victory, but Marx and Abello rallied to three sets and won their matches. Abello finished first, defeating Martic, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Finally, Marx defeated Sans in three sets, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 to end the match and capture the come from behind win for the Redbirds.
Next, the Redbirds remain in New Orleans to take on No. 48 Tulane. Tulane has an overall record of 7-5 with a 1-2 record at neutral sites. The team's No. 48 ranking is the highest achieved by the program since last season when the team topped out at No. 52. Tulane's upset victory over No. 38 Georgia State was questionably the biggest win of the year for the team. Most recently, Tulane toppled conference rival UAB in a, 7-0 shutout victory.
The match against Tulane will take place in New Orleans on Wednesday, March 12 with play set to begin at 2 p.m. CT.
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