Iowa Sweeps Illinois State, 7-0

Feb. 4, 2012

Box Score

IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Illinois State women's tennis team (1-2) fell to Iowa in its home opener, 7-0, at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes powered through the Redbird singles lineup. Phyllis Tigges finished first, falling to Shelby Talcott, 6-1, 6-1. Aniko Kiss was defeated in the No.1 flight against Iowa's nationally-ranked Sonja Molnar, 6-1, 6-1. In her second match back this season due to an injury, Carolina Abello came the closest to a victory, posting a defeat of 6-4, 6-4 to Christina Harazin. Stefanie Youngberg was defeated by Ellen Silver, 6-1, 6-2, and Iowa's Katie Zordani bested team captain Hannah Esker, 6-4, 6-1. Newcomer Emmie Marx held out the longest of the singles competitions, finally falling to opponent Morven McCulloch, 6-4, 6-1.

Iowa's Molnar and Talcott paired up to defeat their respective singles opponents of Kiss and Tigges in flight one doubles play, 8-2. Esker and partner Heather Nisbet fell shortly after, losing 8-3 to Iowa's Ellen Silver and Zordani. Marx and newly-returned Ariane Maack posted a loss of 8-3 to Ally Majercik and McCulloch.

The Redbirds return to the courts on Feb. 11 in Lawrence, Kan. against UTEP. Play is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.