Southern Downs Northern Iowa, 5-2

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    April 5, 2014

    Tim McCaughan

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Southern Illinois women's tennis team improved to 8-0 at home with its 5-2 win over Northern Iowa (9-9, 0-2 MVC) Saturday at University Courts.

    The Salukis (13-6, 2-0 MVC) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead after taking the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 slots. Seniors Anita Lee and Korey Love won their eighth match this season and 29th career match together, which is tenth best in program history with their 8-6 win at the No. 2 position. Ariadna Cairo Baza and Polina Dozortseva improve to 2-0 in the MVC with their 8-4 win at the No. 3 slot.

    Southern continued its impressive play in singles; winning 4-of-6 matches. Natasha Tomishima picked up her 12th win of the spring with a 6-2, 6-0 win at the top spot. Freshman Meagan Monaghan won her second MVC match with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Elvira Lopez.

    Gisela Cairo Baza won her match at the No. 6 slot, 6-0, 6-1, picking up her third-straight win. Lee defeated Erica Medlin, 7-5, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot.

    I saw a lot of good mental toughness today with us," said head coach Audra Anderson. "We need to bring that into our match tomorrow."

    The Salukis have a quick turnaround as they prepare for Drake Sunday with a 10 a.m. first serve. Seniors Anita Lee and Korey Love will be recognized prior to the match. Sunday will also serve as Fan Appreciation Day. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available to fans free of charge while supplies last.