Redbirds Fall to No. 49 Nebraska, 5-2
Phyllis Tigges
Phyllis Tigges

Feb. 16, 2014

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LINCOLN, Neb. - The Illinois State women's tennis team fell to No. 49 Nebraska, 5-2, in the third match of the weekend while on the road, ending a five-game winning streak.

"We came out strong in doubles today, and getting that point set us up to get our chances in singles," graduate student and assistant coach, Cami Hubbs, said. "All the players fought hard, and each court had a chance to take the lead, if not the match. We're looking forward to integrating what we've learned from our three matches this weekend into our practice this week and against UIC next Sunday. "

The Redbirds (5-3) began the competition riding momentum from two prior wins this weekend, defeating the Huskers (3-3) in two of three doubles matches, to earn the doubles point. Emmie Marx and Sierra Stone edged Maike Zeppernick and Izabella Zgierska, 8-6, in Doubles No. 2, while Heather Nisbet and Kadi Ilves defeated Lisa Andersson and Hannah Sulz, 8-5, in the No. 3 position. Phyllis Tigges and Madeliene Baillon fell to Nebraska's Maggy Lehmicke and Mary Hanna, 8-3, in Doubles No. 1.

In single's competition, Illinois State struggled to keep up with No. 49 Nebraska, falling in all but the Singles No. 6 position, where Ilves edged Sulz, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, in the third set. In Singles No. 1 Marx fell, 6-2,6-3, to No. 80 Lehmicke, while Tigges was edged by Zgierska, 7-6 (7-0), 6-2, in Singles No. 2. Senior Carolina Abello fell to Hanna, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 3 position, while Stone battled Andersson for the Singles No. 4 title in a third-set tie-breaker that resulted in a, 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 1-0 (10-4), win for the Huskers. Baillon was edged by Zeppernick, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 5 position.

Next, the Redbirds will prepare to travel to Griffith, Ind., to battle Illinois-Chicago on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 12 p.m. CT.

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