Women's Tennis Downs Bradley 4-0; Advance to Semifinals of MVC Championship

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    April 25, 2014


    Tim McCaughan

    NORMAL, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's tennis team defeated No. 7 seeded Bradley 4-0 in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tennis Championship at the Gregory Street Tennis Courts on the campus of Illinois State Friday.

    The Salukis (17-7, 5-1 MVC) took the doubles point from the Braves (4-17, 0-6 MVC) with ease. Seniors Anita Lee and Korey Love won their 13th match of the year with their 8-1 win over BU’s Ashley Thai and Carly Miles. Natasha Tomishima and Meagan Monaghan picked up their ninth win together when they clinched the doubles point for the Salukis with an 8-2 win at the No. 1 position.

    “It was really windy and I thought that we took advantage of it, especially in the middle of the courts during doubles,” said head coach Audra Anderson. “I think playing outside a lot this season really prepared us for the challenge.”

    Southern went on to win three matches in singles action to pick up their 17th win of the season. Ariadna Cairo Baza and Gisela Cairo Baza picked up wins at the No. 5 and 6 slots for the Salukis. Ariadna Cairo Baza won her match 6-1, 6-1, while Gisela Cairo Baza defeated Liz Przystawski 6-1, 6-4 at No. 6.



    Freshman Polina Dozortseva clinched the win for the Salukis at the No. 4 spot with a 6-1, 6-2 win over the BU’s Sarah Rodefeld.

    SIU will be back in action Saturday when they take on Drake in the semifinals at 2 p.m.

    “Drake is always a loud team so mental toughness is a top priority,” said Anderson. “The score was close last time we played so it will come down to every match.”