`Birds Win it all and Claim Title as Milwaukee Classic Champions
Coach Hoover and the team are now ready for Valley individuals this weekend
Coach Hoover and the team are now ready for Valley individuals this weekend

Sept. 25, 2005

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The `Birds wrapped up the last day of the Milwaukee tournament earning wins in double and singles matches and taking home the championship title. The team went undefeated in singles against Dayton and took wins away from UW- Green Bay in doubles 2-1. Head coach Chris Hoover was glad that the team played to their expected level to take home nothing but victory.

"We went into the last day of the tournament and took care of business," said Hoover. "Everyone played really well, and I was pleased with how we came out and took care of our competition."

The Redbirds approached the double matches hungry for wins. Véronique Parke-Bédard paired with Michelle Rabinovich to defeat Jenny Tan and Megan Gregory of Green Bay 8-4. Number three doubles, Nicole Schneider and Matea Simovic, won with a strong score of 8-1. The only loss in doubles was Katri Miller and Ashley Maxwell's match who came close to victory 9-8.

Hoover enjoyed watching his players have success in doubles and is confident with the number two, three and four pairs the team has for next weekend's tournament.

"It was fun to watch all the players win and go far in the tournament, and I feel now that we are ready for the Valley individuals next week," said Hoover.

After a strong end to doubles, the Redbirds soared through the singles against Dayton. Miller took on Kate Mellian defeating her in two sets 6-1, 6-0. In number two singles, Parke-Bédard won against Allyssa Detroy 6-4, 6-1. Emilie Sechaud won her number three singles against Dayton opponent, Nicole Dzubay 6-2, 6-2 and Carolyne Parent earned her match win in number four singles 6-1, 6-1.

To conclude the singles, Schneider shut out Green Bay 6-0, 6-0 and Simovic defeated opponent Kara Metzger 6-1, 6-0.

Hoover took a lot away from the tournament, but still has some question marks in positioning for the tournament next weekend.

"We have some question marks still with our positions for next weekend," said Hoover. "We need to figure out who will be playing in number two singles, and who will be a good partner for Katri in number one doubles but overall we have everything figured out."



The competition for the `Birds will continue this coming weekend, Sept. 30- Oct. 2, in Springfield, Mo. for the Missouri Valley Conference individuals. The tournament will begin Friday and end on Sunday.