April 6, 2008
By Beth Miller
WICHITA, Kan. - The Southern Illinois University women's tennis team fell to Wichita State today, 6-1. The No. 72 ranked Shockers (9-6, 2-0 MVC) swept in doubles, and took five of the six singles matches for the win against the Salukis (8-8, 2-1 MVC).
In doubles, Sabine Tsala Mvilongo and Jessica Flannery teamed up at the top seed against Stephanie Dalmacio and Laryssa Ferreira, falling 8-2. Martina Vianna Ce' and Michela Cruise were unable to hold off Anna Egorova ad Lenore Lazaroiu at No. 2 doubles, dropping their match 8-1. Amanda Taillefer and Andrea Courtney paired up against Florentina Hanisch and Torrie Browning at No. 3 doubles, but fell 8-1.
The Shockers had the 1-0 advantage heading into singles, were Tsala met Wichita State's Dalmacio, who is ranked No. 4 in the Central Region. Tsala grabbed a huge win for the Salukis in a 6-3, 6-3 victory. Ce' dropped her match at No. 2 singles to Hanisch, 6-1, 6-1. Sophomore Michela Cruise was unable to hold off Egorova at No. 3 singles, falling 6-0, 6-0. Flannery fought for the win at No. 4 singles against Lazaroiu, but the match resulted in a close 6-4, 6-4 win for Lazaroiu. At No. 5 singles, Taillefer fought for the tiebreaker in the first set, but the win went in favor of Browning. Taillefer battled in the second set, but fell to Browning, 6-1. Agata Skorupska rounded out singles at No. 6, dropping her match to Ferreira, 6-1, 6-2.
The Salukis return to action this weekend with three home matches where they will host Saint Louis, Northern Iowa, and Drake.
No. 1 - Sabine Tsala Mvilongo (SIU) def. Stephanie Dalmacio (WSU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2 - Florentina Hanisch (WSU) def. Martina Vianna Ce' (SIU), 6-1, 6-1
No. 3 - Anna Egorova (WSU) def. Michela Cruise (SIU), 6-0, 6-0
No. 4 - Lenore Lazaroiu (WSU) def. Jessica Flannery (SIU), 6-4, 6-4
No. 5 - Torrie Browning (WSU) def. Amanda Taillefer (SIU), 7-5, 6-1
No. 6 - Laryssa Ferreira (WSU) def. Agata Skorupska (SIU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 1 - Dalmacio/Ferreira (WSU) def. Tsala/Flannery (SIU), 8-2
No. 2 - Egorova/Lazaroiu (WSU) def. Ce'/Cruise (SIU), 8-1
No. 3 - Hanisch/Browning (WSU) def. Taillefer/Andrea Courtney (SIU), 8-1
Southern Illinois 8-8, 2-1 MVC
Wichita State 9-6, 2-0 MVC