Birds Soar at Saint Louis Invite
Katri Miller has great comeback at Saint Louis invite after her season ending injury last year.
Katri Miller has great comeback at Saint Louis invite after her season ending injury last year.

Sept. 9, 2005

St. Louis, Mo. - The Redbirds had an early start Friday at Saint Louis beginning with the singles tournament. Five `Birds advanced to the next round of the single matches.

Véronique Parke Bédard lost her first match to Madina Mambetova of Eastern Illinois, but Parke-Bédard came back and defeated Luz Garcia of Southeaste Missouri State in two sets (6-1, 6-4). She advanced to the next round to play Elise Montrose of Bradley on Saturday.

Katri Miller dominated the singles rounds, defeating both of her opponents.

"Katri is looking great and solid in this tournament." Said head coach Chris Hoover. "I am really impressed. She has been very successful so far."

Miller defeated Constanza Camacho of Western Illinois in two sets, (6-1, 6-4) and went on to take two sets against Bryce Krystal of Southeast Missouri State (6-1, 6-0).

Miller is not the only one who has been going strong. Other Redbirds have had a successful run at the singles such as Matea Simovic, Megan Rozboril, and Carolyne Parent.

Simovic was matched up against Katie Bowen of Bradley and won in two sets (6-1, 6-1). Simovic maintained her unbeaten record, going on to defeat Tara Grant of Saint Louis (6-4, 6-1). Megan Rozboril beat Morgan Kemp of Southeast Missouri State in two sets; (6-0, 6-3) then took on her teammate, Carolyne Parent, and defeated Parent (6-2, 6-0).

Ashley Maxwell will also compete tomorrow. She was defeated in the first round by Teri Chan of Bradley in two sets (6-2, 6-3), but bounced back in her next match, winning two sets against Jessica Drake of Western Illinois, 6-0, 6-3.

"We had a fair tournament today. It is our first time back competing as a team. We'll see how we improve tomorrow," said Hoover.

The results of doubles will be reported further tomorrow due to the late start the matches had today.