Redbirds Come Away with a Win against Evansville, 5-2
April 7, 2013
EVANSVILLE, Ind.-The Illinois State Women's tennis team (8-10, 3-1 MVC) defeated Evansville (7-8, 0-2 MVC), 5-2 on Sunday, April 7 at Wesselman Park in Evansville, Ind.
The win at Evansville is important for the Redbirds who are just 4-9 on the road this season. The team is also coming off a tough loss to Southern Illinois on Saturday, 6-1. Evansville is a tough and consistent opponent at home, boasting an impressive 5-2 record at Wesselman Park this season.
"We rebounded nicely today. I was pleased with how we played," head coach Chris Hoover said. "I thought the girls played really well and they realized I think that the clock is ticking and we need to get busy and that showed a little bit today. Over all I felt pretty good about things."
In doubles, Evansville struck first at the No.1 position with Natasha James and Marketa Trousilova defeating Phyllis Tigges and Kadi Ilves, 8-2. Illinois State countered at the No.2 position with Emmie Marx and Stefanie Youngberg defeating Kelsey Costales and Marina Moreno, 8-3. The point came down to the abilities of Carolina Abello and Heather Nisbet at No.3 doubles. Abello and Nisbet were able to put down Gaby Fifer and Emily Richardson in close match, 9-8, scoring the team point in favor of Illinois State.
Singles began with a, 1-0 lead for the Redbirds as both teams continued to battle. At the No.1 spot, Marx handled James in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, increasing the advantage for the team. Evansville struck back at No.2 singles with Trousilova defeating Tigges, 6-4, 6-3. Down the stretch, momentum shifted in favor of the Redbirds who continued to tally up the singles victories, including a big win from Abello over Moreno, 6-2, 6-0. Evansville's Fifer was able to defeat Gabby Phillips in three sets, 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; however Illinois State ultimately came away with the win, 5-2.
The Illinois State Women's tennis team is back in action on April 13, against conference opponent Wichita State. The Redbirds have been runner-up to the Shockers for three consecutive years in the Missouri Valley Conference Team Championships. The match will take place in Wichita, Kan. with play set to begin at 1 p.m. CT.
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