Senior Jennifer Dien
April 5, 2013
By Tim McCaughan
CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois women's tennis team is set to play host to Illinois State on Saturday and Bradley at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Southern will also be having fan appreciation day on Saturday, supplying pizza to all fans at no charge, as well as rally towels to the first 100 fans beginning at 11:30 a.m.
State of Mind
The Salukis (11-3, 1-0 MVC) come into this weekends matches after defeating the University of Evansville earlier this week, 6-1, to open up Missouri Valley Conference play. Southern will play its next three matches at home, wrapping up its home-stand against regional foe Saint Louis on Apr. 9.
Looking at Illinois State
The Redbirds (7-9, 2-0 MVC) are coming off a 7-0 win at Bradley. Illinois State defeated Creighton earlier in the year, 6-1. Emmie Marx defeated Adele Henke (6-3, 6-1) at the No. 1 spot. Kadi Ilves and Phyllis Tigges won at the No. 1 doubles slot, 8-0.
Looking at Bradley
The Braves (7-10, 0-1 MVC) come to Carbondale after falling to South Dakota State, 5-2. Adele Henke leads Bradley with a 9-8, at the No. 1 spot. Kennedy Scott and Carly Miles are leading the way in doubles play for BU winning seven matches at No. 2 doubles.
The Salukis continue to have success in doubles play where they are a combined 58-18 (.763) on the year. Melanie Delsart and Anastacia Simons lead the way for the Salukis with a 22-5 record. Jennifer Dien and Natasha Tomishima are not far behind with a 17-5 record. Korey Love and Anita Lee have won nine consecutive matches primarily at No. 3.
Delsart’s ITA Ranking
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has ranked Southern Illinois senior Melanie Delsart No. 19 in the central region. This marks the second consecutive year she has received a central region ranking (No. 10 in 2011-12). Delsart joins players from Kansas State, Nebraska, Tulsa, Iowa and Missouri among the top 20 singles players in the region, and was one of two Missouri Valley Conference players to be ranked in the top 20 regionally.