Abello and Nisbet Provide Spark After Slow Start at DePaul
Sept. 30, 2012
Romeoville, Ill.-The Illinois State women's tennis team wrapped up the DePaul Invitational on a positive note, despite getting off to a slow start on day one of the competition.
The team's momentum seemed to disappear on opening day but, Carolina Abello and Heather Nisbet were able to give the Redbirds a big lift with each picking up solid wins in both singles doubles play early in the competition.
In singles, Abello fought hard in the opening round to edge out Keti Mebuke of Illinois-Chicago 7-6 (6), 6-4, while Nisbet served a defeat to Viviene Noel of Chicago State 6-2, 6-0. Abello marched to the final round and was defeated by Kathryn Sharples of Illinois-Chicago.
In doubles, Abello and Nisbet would prove formidable as well, defeating Carrynne Lloyd and Ruta Grinvalde of Chicago State 8- and Maria Rozo and Stefanie McDonald of Northern Illinois 8-0. Abello and Nisbet reached the finals but were defeated by Zhavia Gray and Jarret Fischer of DePaul 8-4.
"The way the student-athletes fought back to overcome the slow start on Friday was outstanding," coach Chris Hoover said. "We are especially proud of our finalists, but the shift in momentum can be attributed to the whole team. Every one contributed."
Stefanie Youngberg lost to Kathryn Sharples Illinois-Chicago in a close match 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (3-0) on day one of the competition but, Youngberg would not concede another defeat. Youngberg went on to beat both Carrynne Lloyd of Lews 6-3, 7-5 and Christina Colarossi of Milwaukee 1-6, 7-5, 1-0 (5-0).
Gabby Phillips was also able to rally back from an early loss. Phillips took first place in the consolation winning three consecutive matches after an initial loss, finally defeating Fritz of Milwaukee 6-2, 6-2 in the final round. Additionally, Sarah Paulson won first place in singles, defeating Maria Rozo of Northern Illinois in a close match, 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (8-0) in the finals of singles flight 5.
The Redbirds recorded an overall singles record of 16-11 and 7-6 in doubles at the tournament. Next, the team prepares for the Missouri Valley Individuals championships where each player will have a shot at a singles title. Hoover believes that the team is positioned well for the challenges ahead.
"We picked up a good amount of wins this weekend against strong competition," Hoover said. "The student-athletes earned a great deal of experience and I believe it will only benefit them at the upcoming championships."
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