Illinois State women's tennis defeated by Memphis Tigers, 7-0

March 16, 2013

MEMPHIS, Tenn.-The Illinois State women's tennis team (6-7, 1-0 MVC) was shut out by the No.31 Memphis Tigers on Saturday, March 16 at Memphis.

"Memphis is a good team and after a long week of matches it was a tough match to end on," head coach Chris Hoover said. "We're going to take the things we learned on the road over spring break and put them in to the matches ahead."

The match against Memphis marked the fourth competition on the road for the Redbirds this week. The Redbirds recently played a string of three matches in New Orleans over Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The Redbirds are 1-3 on the week in competitions.

In doubles, the Tigers quickly jumped in front at the No.3 position when Memphis' No.63 ranked duo Stefanie Mikesz and Caroline Wegner defeated Illinois State's Heather Nisbet and Stefanie Youngerberg, 8-3. The Redbirds dropped the No.2 doubles match as well, with Tiffany Welcher and Alyssa Hibberd of Memhpis defeating Kadi Ilves and Phyllis Tigges, 8-3, ending doubles play and earning the Tigers a, 1-0 advantage over the Redbirds heading into singles.

In singles, play continued to go the Tigers way despite outstanding effort from Illinois State. The Tigers struck first at the No.4 position when Ilves fell to Liza Tymchenko, 6-2, 6-1. The Tigers won the remaining matches in straight sets. Finally, the match ended when Phyllis Tigges fell to Skylar Kuykendall, 6-4, 6-3, setting the final score, 7-0.

The Illinois State women's tennis team is back in action on March 24 against Marquette. The match will take place at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wisc. with play set to begin at 9:30 a.m. CT.



Singles Results

#39 Courtney Collins (MEM) def. Emmie Marx (ISU) 6-2, 6-1

Skylar Kuykendall (MEM) def. Phyllis Tigges (ISU) 6-4, 6-3

Alyssa Hiberd (MEM) def. Carolina Abello (ISU) 6-0, 6-0

Liza Tymchenko (MEM) def. Kadi Ilves (ISU) 6-2, 6-1

Stefanie Mikesz (MEM) def. Stefanie Youngberg (ISU) 6-2, 6-0

Caroline Wegner (MEM) def. Heather Nisbet (ISU) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles Results

#44 Courtney Collins/Kelly Gray (MEM) vs. Carolina Abello/ Emmie Marx (ISU) 5-2 unfinished

Tiffany Welcher/Alyssa Hibberd (MEM) def. Kadi Ilves/Phyllis Tigges (ISU) 8-3

#63 Stefanie Mikesz/Caroline Wegener (MEM) def. Stefanie Youngberg/Heather Nisbet