Women's Tennis to Compete in DePaul Invitational

Sept. 27, 2012

September 27, 2012

Normal, Ill.-On Friday, the Illinois State Women's tennis team will head north to compete at the annual DePaul Invitational. The competition is co-hosted by Lewis University and will take place at the Lewis tennis courts in Romeoville, Ill.

Along with Illinois State, eight other teams will be competing in the invitational including DePaul, Illinois-Chicago, Chicago State, Lewis, Milwaukee, Northern Illinois and conference rival Northern Iowa.

With many talented athletes among the competition including last year's Big East Freshman of the year, Jasmin Kling of DePaul, and a traditionally talented Illinois-Chicago, Head Coach Chris Hoover believes the competition in Romeoville will be a true test for the Redbirds.

"DePaul has been strong the last few years, and by all measures they should have a strong team this year," Hoover said. "We have already seen Chicago State and Valparaiso once this year at the Ball State Invitational, but many of the other teams at this tournament we have not seen and we know little about. Even so, we anticipate the competition will be just as tough, if not tougher than what we have already faced."

Regardless, the team is excited to compete again after racking up notable wins last weekend at the Redbird Roundup in Normal, Ill. The Redbirds were able to walk away with two first place finishes in singles competition and one second place finish.

The top singles flight championships were played out between, Emmie Marx and Kadie Ilves, with Marx edging out Ilves (6-1, 6-1) to earn the victory. Additionally, Stefanie Youngberg was able to capture first place in the number two singles flight, defeating Sammi Hornbarger of Dayton (6-4, 6-1).

"We are very proud of Emmie, Stefanie, and Kadi for the way they have been working and performing this season so far," Hoover said. "I am excited to see how they will fair at the competition this weekend."



With moral up after a great showing at the Roundup, Hoover urges that the team must remain mentally and physically tough this weekend at the DePaul Invitational in order to find success.

"As a coach I am going in confident that if our players continue to play like they have been, and stay as mentally tough and prepared as they have been, we will continue to have success," Hoover said. "They put in the work on the court and the results should continue to show their effort. It always helps going into a tournament having a good showing the week before but I think they are ready to build on the first half of the fall season and take home some more titles."

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