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    Oct. 3, 2005

    By Lacole Hook
    www.siusalukis.com

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - The Women's Tennis season got underway this weekend in Springfield, Mo. at the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships. The tournament, hosted by Missouri State, featured all the MVC schools.

    There were seven singles flights and three doubles flights. Illinois State went home with the most wins (four singles and two doubles) followed by Indiana State (two singles and one doubles). Maria Blanco (Sr.) defeated Eve Rusdianto of Drake (7-6 (5), 9-6) to start the tournament, but ended up finishing eighth in flight one. In flight two, Zuzana Palovic (Sr.) took home fifth place beating Beth Peyton of Evansville (6-1, 6-3) and Torrie Browning of Wichita State by walk-over. Amanda Taillefer (So.) finished eighth in flight three going 1-3 for the tournament. Zoya Honarmand (Sr.) was 1-2 putting her in ninth place of flight four. Laura Bredniak (So.) also went 1-2 in flight five winning the match for seventh place against Jodi Yanagida of Creighton (1-6, 6-4, 7-6).

    The only win for the Salukis in the doubles flights was by Honarmand and Bredniak when they defeated an Evansville team to take ninth place (8-3).

    Even though the team might not have placed as high as they would have liked, there were still many positives that came out of the weekend.

    "The good part for us was that we got to go and compete against other people," said Head Coach Brett Bridel. "It was good to play against other people and see the competition in the conference."

     

     

    The Salukis had to battle more than just their opponents at the tournament, they also had to take on some harsh weather.

    "It was very windy there," said Bridel. "We rarely get to play in those kind of conditions here, so it was a battle. To play in adverse conditions with the elements like we did, will help us to get better in the long run."

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