Redbirds Roll Over Bradley in Conference Rivalry Match, 7-0
March 29, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-The Illinois State Women's tennis team (7-9, 2-0 MVC) shut out the Bradley Braves (7-9, 0-1 MVC) at home on Friday, March 29, at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington, Ill.
The win against the Braves snapped a four match losing streak for the team and marks the second conference victory for the Redbirds this season. Head coach Chris Hoover understands the importance winning this match holds for his team.
"We needed that, and I am not just talking about the win, but also the way that we won it," Hoover said. "We have had some inconsistent play up until today, but today we really took care of business, and the way we performed is a very positive thing."
The Redbirds came out strong in doubles at the No.1 position with Kadi Ilves and Phyllis Tigges easily defeating Bradley's Adele Henke and Sarah Rodefeld, 8-0. Meanwhile at the No.3 position, Carolina Abello and Heather Nisbet toppled Bradley's Cassia Wojtalik and Meredith McDonagh, 8-1. Emmie Marx and Stefanie Youngberg then defeated Bradley's Kenedy Scott and Carley Miles at the No.2 position, 8-6, wrapping up doubles and earning the Redbirds a, 1-0 lead heading into singles.
In singles, things began to snow ball out of control for the Braves as Marx picked up another win for the Redbirds at the No.1 position, defeating Henke, 6-3, 6-1. Marx leads the team in singles victories with an overall singles record of 19-13. The Redbirds won all of the singles matches in straight sets, with play finally ending when Abello defeated Wojtalik, 6-3, 6-2, ending the match, 7-0.
The match was originally scheduled to take place at the Markin Tennis Courts in Peoria, Ill., but adverse conditions caused by the snow storm forced the match to be rescheduled at the Evergreen Racquet Club in Bloomington, Ill.
The Redbirds have struggled on the road this season, but remain consistent at home, boasting a home record of 4-1 this season. Bradley has struggled on the road this season as well, with today's loss setting the team's overall away record at 3-5.
Illinois State women's tennis is back in action on April 6, against Southern Illinois. The match will take place in Carbondale, Ill. with play set to begin at 1 p.m. CT.
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