Women's Tennis finishes strong at MVC Individuals

    Senior Melanie Delsart finishes as No. 1 singles champion today in Wichita, Kan.

    Senior Melanie Delsart finishes as No. 1 singles champion today in Wichita, Kan.
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    Oct. 7, 2012

    By Tim McCaughan
    SIUSalukis.com

    The 2012 State Farm MVC Individual Tennis Championships concluded today in Wichita, Kan., with Southern Illinois bringing home two titles.

    Senior Melanie Delsart claimed the No. 1 singles championship, defeating Klavdija Rebol of Drake in the finals, 6-0, 7-6. The Saluki duo of Jennifer Dien and Natasha Tomishma brought back the No. 2 doubles championship after defeating a team from Wichita State, 8-3.

    "We feel like we are very strong this year, and I am proud of how we competed," said head coach Audra Nothwehr. "We had a lot of three-set matches that could have gone either way, but played really well, overall."

    Anita Lee and Anastacia Simons finished in third place in No. 2 doubles after defeating a pair of Creighton players (8-5). Tomishima fell in the championship match of No. 3 singles (7-6, 6-3, 6-1), and Gisela Cairo Baza finished with third place in No. 7 singles defeating Lauren Watts of Bradley (6-0. 6-0). Simons added a third place showing in No. 6 singles after beating Gabby Phillips of Illinois State (6-4, 6-2).

    "Our seniors have really stepped up to be leaders, and Melanie showed that, even though she wasn't playing at 100 percent physically throughout the tournament," said Nothwehr. "We have a lot of players stepping up this year, especially Natasha and Jennifer, who are playing like a No. 1 doubles pair."

    The Salukis will be back in action Sunday, Oct. 14, when they host the SIU Fall Classic.

     


     

     

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