Feb. 16, 2010
Date(s): February 20
Location: Carbondale, Ill.
Site(s): Sports Blast Sports Complex
Head Coaches: Audra Nothwehr (29-23 overall and at SIU); Kenny Doyle (1-1 overall and at SIUE) - Division I only
The Southern Illinois Women's Tennis team is in its 35th year of existence... Head Coach Audra Nothwehr is in her third season with the team and holds a 29-23 (.558) mark with the Salukis... Last season, SIU finished with a 17-8 record and were 5-3 in MVC play, finishing third... The Salukis advanced to the MVC Tournament semi-finals before bowing out to Northern Iowa... The Salukis 17-8 record was their best since 2000, when they finished with a 16-6 mark (.727).
ON THE SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
The Salukis finish their February match home slate Saturday, as they face the Golden Eagles of Tennessee Tech. The match, which is the second men's/women's doubleheader, is set to begin at 10 a.m. in the Sports Blast Sports Complex.
SCOUTING TENNESSEE TECH
Tennessee Tech comes into 2010 after a 7-10 season a year ago. Led by first year head coach Kenny Doyle, the Golden Eagles return five players from last year's squad. Leading TTU on the courts is freshman Victoria Cran, who posted a 6-2 mark during fall play in 2009.
Freshman Anastacia Simons notched her first career collegiate win in singles Sunday. Not only did she earn her first victory, but she accomplished the feat in dominating fashion, trouncing SIUE freshman Amanda Miller in straight sets 6-1, 6-1.
The Saluki women's tennis team has gained a reputation of dominance while playing in Carbondale. In the three years that Audra Nothwehr has led the Dawgs, SIU has only lost four matches while playing in Carbondale. However, one of those four losses came to Tennessee Tech, who edged the Salukis, 4-3, on March 23, 2008.
NOTHWEHR NOTCHES HISTORIC MARK
Saluki head coach Audra Nothwehr eclipsed a historic mark in program history on Jan. 30, as she coached her 50th match at SIU in her career when the Dawgs faced Eastern Kentucky. Nothwehr becomes only the second coach in SIU women's tennis history to have coached 50 or more matches. The only other coach to have passed that mark is the legendary Judy Auld, who amassed 837 matches coached in her 30 seasons at the helm.
For the 2009-2010 season, the Salukis feature players from three continents and five different nations. Among the different countries are Argentina, Brazil, India, and South Africa.