Salukis sweep Bucknell for ninth straight; Anderson wins her 100th at SIU

    Junior Natasha Tomishima wins her seventh straight match after defeating Elana Vidrascu 6-2, 6-0.

    Junior Natasha Tomishima wins her seventh straight match after defeating Elana Vidrascu 6-2, 6-0.
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    March 14, 2014

    Tim McCaughan

    HILTON HEAD, S.C. - The Southern Illinois women's tennis kicked off its spring break trip against Bucknell with a bang, sweeping the Bison, 7-0.

    With the win, head coach Audra Anderson picks up her 100th win at SIU and her 100th career NCAA Division I win. During her seven years at Southern she has compiled a record of 100-56 and 30-17 in Missouri Valley Conference and holds the highest winning percentage in program history at .641.

    "It is an honor to have been at SIU long enough to get 100 wins and I am looking forward to the next 100," Anderson said. "Southern Illinois is a special place and I hope to continue to build the program and make improvements so that we can compete at the next level."

    The Salukis (9-3) have won nine straight matches, just one win shy of tying the longest winning streak in school history, which was set last season.

    Southern took the doubles point from the Bison (1-4) easily as Korey Love and Anita Lee won 8-1 at the No. 2 spot putting the duo at 4-2 on the season. Polina Dozortseva and Ariadna Cairo Baza won their sixth match together, defeating Stephanie Pino and Alyssa McAndrew 8-2 at the No. 3 position.

    "The team did a fantastic job today," said Anderson. "Our footwork was better as well as our timing."

    The Salukis continued their stellar play into singles action, winning all six matches. Junior Natasha Tomishima defeated Elana Vidrascu (6-2, 6-0) at the No. 1 to pick up her seventh straight win on the year while Lee won her fourth straight with a 6-1, 6-1 win at the No. 2 slot.



    Freshman Meagan Monaghan won 6-3, 6-3 and Dozortseva bested her Bison counterpart 6-3, 6-2 to improve to 8-2 over her last 10 matches. Ariadna Cairo Baza picked up a win at the fifth spot 6-1, 6-1 while her twin sister Gisela Cairo Baza won her match 6-2, 6-0.

    SIU will be back in action on tomorrow when they play host school South Carolina State.