Feb. 1, 2014
Fayetteville, Ark. - The Southern Illinois women's tennis team opened up the spring season at No. 49 ranked Arkansas (5-1), falling to the Razorbacks, 7-0, before being defeated by No. 63 ranked North Texas, 4-0.
SIU (0-2) lost the doubles point before heading into singles action in both matches.
Freshman Meagan Monaghan proved to be a bright spot for SIU. The Denver, Colo. native was defeated by Arkansas' Sarah McLean 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 3 spot.
"Meagan had a great day in singles," said head coach Audra Anderson. "Things weren't going her way but she continued to work really hard during the break and it showed."
The Salukis continued to struggle in singles play, falling in each of their matches against Arkansas.
"I just think we were not quite sure of ourselves coming into today," said Anderson. "That is typical for the first match of the season."
SIU will be back in action Feb. 7, when they travel to Eastern Illinois for a 1 p.m. start time with the Panthers.
#49 Arkansas 7, Southern Illinois 0
1. Yang Pang (ARK) def. Natasha Tomishima (SIU) 6-1, 6-2
2. Shannon Hudson (ARK) def. Anita Lee (SIU) 6-1, 6-1
3. Sarah McLean (ARK) vs. Meagan Monaghan (SIU) 6-3, 6-4
4. Kimberley-Anne Surin (ARK) def. Gisela Cairo Baza (SIU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Brittany Huxley (ARK) def. Polina Dozortseva (SIU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Sasha Shkorupeieva (ARK) def. Lola Garcia (SIU) 6-1, 6-1
#63 North Texas 4, Southern Illinois 0
1. A Shestakova (NTEX) vs. Natasha Tomishima (SIU) 6-4, 3-3 unfinished
2. K Galieva (NTEX) def. Anita Lee (SIU) 6-2, 6-3
3. Meagan Monaghan (SIU) vs. A Valenzuela (NTEX) 6-3, 6-4 (1) unfinished
4. A Thoma (NTEX) def. Ariadna Cairo Baza (SIU) 4-6, 6-1,
5. A Sofia Cordero (NTEX) def. Gisela Cairo Baza (SIU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Polina Dozortseva (SIU) vs. D Joubert (NTEX) 7-6 (5), 0-3 unfinished
1. F Sprinkmeyer/A Valenzuela (NTEX) 6-5 vs. Natasha Tomishima/Korey Love (SIU) 5-6 unfinished
2. A Thoma/K Galieva (NTEX) def. Anita Lee/Meagan Monaghan (SIU) 7-5
3. D Joubert/A Shestakova (NTEX) def. Ariadna Cairo Baza/Polina Dozortseva (SIU) 6-4