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. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics, tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.