Redbirds to Travel for Three Match Stretch in Nebraska
Feb. 14, 2013
NORMAL, Ill.-The Illinois State Women's tennis team prepares for a long stretch of away matches as it is set to take on Nebraska on Friday, Feb. 15 in Lincoln Neb., Colorado State Saturday, Feb. 16 in Lincoln, Neb. and Creighton Sunday, Feb. 17 in Omaha Neb.
The Redbirds last competed on Friday, Feb. 8, defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 5-2. The victory against IUPUI was the final match in a set of three consecutive home matches against Butler, Eastern Illinois and IUPUI. The team defeated all three opponents stretching its current record to 3-1, remaining undefeated at home.
In the match against IUPUI, the Redbirds continued to show dominance in doubles play having secured the doubles point for the third consecutive match. Strong performances in singles also helped lift the Redbirds past the Jaguars and ultimately secured the team victory. Gabby Phillips contributed to the team win with shutout victory over IUPUI's Jessika Bays, 6-0, 6-0.
This weekend, the team will make its first stop in Lincoln, Neb. Friday, Feb. 15 to take on the No.17 Nebraska Corn Huskers. Nebraska holds a strong record of 7-1 and has played five nationally ranked teams this season with the only loss of the season coming from No. 10 Miami. Most recently, Nebraska defeated No. 15 Baylor, 4-1. In the victory Mary Weatherholt defeated Baylor's No. 16 Ema Burgic, 6-1, 7-5.
Next, the Redbirds will remain in Lincoln, Neb. to take on Colorado State on Saturday Feb. 16. Colorado State has only competed in one match during the spring season, falling to in-state rival Colorado, 6-1.
Finally, the team will make its last stop in Omaha, Neb. to take on Missouri Valley Conference rival Creighton on Sunday, Feb. 17. Creighton currently holds a record of 0-2, having fallen to No. 17 Nebraska as well as Iowa.
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