Redbirds Drop Missouri State in Single Matches for Win
April 15, 2006
NORMAL, Ill. - The `Birds' early two point advantage in the beginning of the match started the team off strong as they bettered Missouri State (6-10, 2-2) for the 5-2 win in today's competition. The victory puts the Redbirds (9-5 overall) at a 5-1 record in the Missouri Valley Conference.
The Bears' were short one player in today's dual match, Paty Manzur, which resulted in two forfeited matches; No 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. The forfeits then gave the `Birds two points heading into the doubles competition.
No. 1 pair Katri Miller and Michelle Rabinovich battled it out against Liz Garza and Maja Stanojevic, but lost the close match 8-6. Ashley Maxwell and Véronique Parke Bédard fought off the pair of Nora Kuruc and Monika Musilova for the No. 2 doubles victory, 9-8, (7-4).
Head coach Chris Hoover wished to have seen the doubles perform better.
"I didn't like how we played doubles, but I was more pleased with our performance in singles," said Hoover. "Emilie and Nicole played really well today in their singles matches."
Carolyne Parent played at No. 5 singles today and earned the third point for the team with her 6-1, 6-3 win against Mali Gakovic. The Redbirds then needed one more point to secure a dual match win over the Bears, and Nicole Schneider completed that task in her 6-2, 6-3 win over Musilova for No. 4 singles. The victories continued as Emilie Sechaud earned a 6-4, 6-2, win in her No. 2 single match against Garza.
There were two losses given to Illinois State; Miller began her No. 1 singles with a 6-4 win in her first set, however, struggled as she lost 6-3 in the second set and 10-6 in the tie breaker to Kuruc. Parke Bédard competed against recent MVC Player of the Week honoree, Stanojevic, for No. 3 singles and lost the tough match 7-5, 6-0.
Illinois State was happy the win, however, Hoover emphasizes the team can better itself.
"It should have been a 6-1 win, but I am still happy with our match win," said Hoover. "Right now, we are not playing our best tennis, and need to step it up if we want to win against Wichita tomorrow," said Hoover.
The Redbirds will host Wichita State tomorrow at 11 a.m. The match was originally set to be played on McCormick Courts at 10 a.m., however, pending on weather, it will be held in the Evergreen Racquet Club an hour later.