Illinois State set to take on UNO in First of Four Road matches
NEW ORLEANS, La.-The Illinois State women's tennis team (5-5, 1-0 MVC) is set to compete against New Orleans on Tuesday, March 12 at 2 p.m. CT in New Orleans La., marking the first of four consecutive road matches.
First, a series of three matches is scheduled to take place in New Orleans, La, beginning with UNO on March, 12. After competing against UNO on March, 12, the Redbirds will remain in New Orleans, La. to also compete against No. 48 Tulane on Wednesday, March 13, and McNeese State on Thursday, March 14.
After wrapping up competition in New Orleans, La., the team will travel to Memphis, Tenn. to compete against the No. 25 Memphis Tigers on Saturday, March, 16. The Redbirds come into the match against New Orleans having lost the last three competitions. Most recently, the team dropped a close match to the UIC Flames, 4-3 at home on March, 2. The team has been playing short with Kadi Ilves sidelined, however, Sarah Paulson has done a nice job a filling in for Ilves at No. 1 doubles alongside Emmie Marx.
The UNO Privateers have an overall record of 3-8 and have lost three out their last five competitions. The last UNO home match took place Feb. 24 a resulted in a close loss to McNeese State, 4-3. The last UNO victory was a, 5-0 shutout against Prairie View A&M on Feb., 16.
No. 48 Tulane has an overall record of 7-5 with a 1-2 record at neutral sites. The team's No. 48 ranking is the highest achieved by the program since last season when the team topped out at No. 52. Tulane's upset victory over No. 38 Georgia State was questionably the biggest win of the year for the team. Most recently, Tulane toppled conference rival UAB in a, 7-0 shutout victory.
McNeese State has an overall record of 8-4 with a 2-0 record at neutral sites. McNeese State has been playing strong, winning three of the last five matches. Most recently, McNeese State defeated UMKC in Houston, Texas in a close match, 4-3.
No. 25 Memphis has an overall record of 10-4 with a perfect 9-0 record at home. Most recently, the Tigers decisively defeated Murray State, 7-0. Memphis boasts five shutout victories at home this season.