Redbird Tennis Rebounds; Shuts Out Chaminade
March 13, 2012
WAIPIO, Hawaii - Illinois State sophomore Ashton Nisbet posted a two-set victory, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 6 singles and then teamed with her twin sister, Heather Nisbet, for an 8-0 doubles victory at the No. 3 spot in the Redbirds' 7-0 victory over host Chaminade Tuesday at the Central Oahu Regional Park.
The Redbirds, who improved to 6-6 on the season, swept all six singles matches, including five in straight sets, and claimed two of the three doubles contests. Chaminade fell to 4-4 on the year.
"I was pleased we came out and got this victory," head coach Chris Hoover said. "We feel a lot better than we did 24 hours ago. We are going to keep trying to get better and I'm hoping that we are going to be ready to play the final two matches of the trip."
ISU's Aniko Kiss rallied in the third set to claim a 6-4, 4-6, 10-7 victory at No. 1 singles over Yanita Arnaudova. The Redbird senior teamed with Ariane Maack and won the No. 2 doubles match, 8-2, over Chaminade's Jan Matsumoto and Natalie Phanphengdy.
Emmie Marx earned a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 2 singles spot over the Swords' Yuka Kondo, while ISU's Carolina Abello won 6-3, 6-2 over Matsumoto at the No. 3 position. In other singles matches, Stefanie Youngberg cruised at No. 4 with a 6-1, 6-1 win and Gabby Phillips swept the No. 5 spot with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.
Marx, who was paired with Phyllis Tigges, suffered the only ISU loss on the day, as the Redbird duo dropped an 8-5 decision against the team of Arnaudova and Kondo, 8-5, at No. 1 doubles.
Following an off day, Illinois State will be back in action Thursday, when the Redbirds face No. 52-ranked Hawaii at 3:30 p.m. CDT, at the UH Tennis Complex in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Rainbow Wahine own a 5-5 record this season.
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