Redbirds Continue Winning Streak Over Eastern Michigan
Carolina Abello
Carolina Abello

Feb. 15, 2014

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The Illinois State women's tennis team defeated Eastern Michigan, 6-1, while on the road to mark the team's fifth-consecutive win of the 2014 spring season.

The Redbirds claimed victory over Eastern Michigan in all but two matches - one doubles match and one singles match - during the day's competition. Head coach Chris Hoover said he was happy with how his team played, and that it was a quality win for ISU.

"It's really a positive step towards the goals we have this year," Hoover said. "Hopefully, they can keep bringing it tomorrow against Nebraska. Win or lose, if we can get ourselves in a good fight like we gave today, I think we'll have a good chance."

Phyllis Tigges and Madeliene Baillon chalked up a win for the Redbirds in the No. 1 doubles position, beating Klara Supejova and Nino Mebuke, 8-6, while Emmie Marx and Sierra Stone defeated Mariya Toncheva and Maria Paula Ribero, 8-2, in the No. 2 position. ISU earned the doubles point, only falling in Doubles No. 3, after Heather Nisbet and Kadi Ilves were defeated by Daphne Freidnrichs and Zsofia Biro, 8-1.

In singles competition, the Redbirds rallied the Eagles to claim victory in five of six matches, settling the match in ISU's favor. In the No. 1 position, Marx fell to Supejova, 1-6, 3-6. Tigges battled Mebuke into a third set to record a, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4, win in Singles No. 2. Carolina Abello recorded a, 6-4, 6-1, win over Toncheva in the No. 3 position, and Stone beat Freidrichs, 6-1, 6-2, in Singles No. 4. In Singles No. 5, Baillon beat Ribero, 6-0, 6-2, and in Singles No 6, Ilves edged Biro, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6, in a third-set tie-breaker.

Next, the Redbirds will battle Nebraska on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 11 a.m. CT.

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