Illinois State Women's Tennis Falls to Golden Eagles, 6-1
March 24, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis.-The Illinois State women's tennis team (6-8, 1-0 MVC) fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles (10-8) at the Halfaer Tennis Stadium on Sunday, March 24. The Redbirds fell behind early with losses at the No.2 and No.3 positions in doubles, conceding the team point to Marquette and resulting in a 1-0 lead for the Golden Eagles.
In singles, the Redbirds found success at the No.1 position when Emmie Marx picked up the team's only singles win of the competition, defeating Marquette's Pimienta, 6-3, 6-4. However, the Golden Eagles went on to win out singles in straight sets, clinching the, 6-1 victory over Illinois State and snapping a five game losing streak.
The team entered the competition having recently fallen to the No.31 Memphis Tigers, 7-0 on Saturday, March 16. The match against Memphis marked the end of a four match series on the road for the team that spanned across two states.
The Redbirds began the series against New Orleans, and came from behind to top the Privateers, 4-3. However, the team was unable to maintain momentum from the win on the road and the Redbirds fell to No.39 Tulane, as well as McNeeese State before competing against Memphis. After the loss to Marquette, the team is 3-7 on the road this season.
Illinois State women's tennis is back in action on March 29, against Bradley. The match marks the second conference match up for the team this season who is 1-0 in Missouri Valley Conference Play. The mach will take place in Peoria, Ill. With play set to begin at 3 p.m. CT.
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Kadi Ilves/Phyllis Tigges (ISU) def. Ali Dawson/Aina Hernandez Soler (MU), 8-3
Rocio Diaz/Aleeza Kanner (MU) def. Emmie Marx/Ashton Nisbet (ISU), 8-3
Erin Gebes/Ana Pimienta (MU) def. Carolina Abello/Stefanie Youngberg (ISU), 8-2
Marx (ISU) def. Pimienta (MU), 6-3, 6-4 Gebes (MU) def. Tigges (ISU), 6-2, 6-2 Diaz (MU) def. Abello (ISU), 6-3, 2-5 (DNF) A. Hernandez Soler (MU) def. Ilves (ISU), 6-2, 6-7, 7-3 Dawson (MU) def. Youngberg (ISU), 7-6, 6-3 Laia Hernandez Soler (MU) def. Heather Nisbet (ISU), 7-5, 6-0