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The women’s tennis team traveled to Chicago on Saturday, Jan. 26, and Bloomington, Ill. on Sunday, Jan. 27, to play their first two matches of their spring season. On Saturday, they took on University of Chicago Phoenix who is ranked 10th in the nation in Division III.
Oana Trus and Aleksandra Sredojevic started the Flyers off with an 8-5 win on the top doubles court, but they were unable to capture any of their following doubles match. Going into singles, the Flyers were down 1-2 and would have to win four matches to come away with a team win. The singles matches were all close, with Trus losing to Marjorie Antohi in a tight match on court one 6-3, 7-6 (3), and Joie Reisch dropping a tight match on court three against Catherine Xu 7-6 (5), 6-0. The lone singles win for the Flyers came at court four where Sredojevic fought off Eugenia Lee to win 7-5, 4-6, 10-5. This made the final score of the match 7-2 for Chicago.
On Sunday, Jan. 27, the team traveled to take on Division I opponent Illinois State University. The doubles matches were very one sided as three were defaulted by Lewis due to insufficient players. One doubles duo of Trus and Sredojevic lost 0-6 to ISU’s Veronika Golanova and Tara Damnjanovic. The court two doubles didn’t finish because the doubles point was already in favor of the Redbirds.
Going into singles, the Flyers hoped they could rebound and get some quick wins. The Redbirds proved to be more dominant, however, as court five’s Ivon Mihaleva beat Lewis’ Sophie Davis 6-0, 6-0. Court six was again defaulted for Lewis as they didn’t have another able player. The Redbirds were one win away from a sweep and it came at court four when Sredojevic lost 6-3, 6-0. All of the other remaining matches were unfinished as play was stopped as soon as ISU reached four wins.
While the scores didn’t reflect the team’s goals for the weekend, playing against tough teams early in the spring will help prepare them for regional play. “It is good for us to see where we are all at and work out all of our rust against teams that won’t hurt or help our regional ranking,” said Davis. “This has definitely showed us we have work to do before our first regional match next week.”
The Flyers face off against St. Francis on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Five Star Tennis Center looking to turn their momentum around.