Bearcats Defeat RiverHawks In Women’s Tennis For First Time Since 1989

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – The Northwest Missouri State University women’s tennis team scored its first win over Northeastern State University since 1989 with a 6-1 victory Friday afternoon.

The Bearcats had lost 20 straight dual matches to the RiverHawks prior to Friday’s 6-1 victory in Tahlequah. Northwest is 3-20 all-time vs. Northeastern State in women’s tennis.

Northwest won its fourth straight match overall and moved to 6-3 overall. The Bearcats are a perfect 3-0 in MIAA action this spring.

The Bearcats took advantage of the doubles point by scoring wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles. The No. 2 doubles pairing of Vera Alenicheva and Julia Aliseda picked up their fourth straight win on the season with a 6-3 victory over NSU’s Vera Carvalho and Melissa Vera. Northwest’s No. 3 doubles duo of Tessa Kwakernak and Kaylyn Chleborad took their spring record to 5-2 with a 6-3 win over NSU’s Maria Popova and Belinda Jayaprakash.

Northwest then took it to Northeastern State in singles by taking five of the six contested matches. Kwakernaak picked up her first win of the year at No. 1 singles with a 6-4, 7-5 win over NSU’s Kristela Vidnere. Kwakernaak is now 5-3 on the year.

Alenicheva kept her singles record unblemished with a 6-2, 6-2 dispatching of NSU’s Maria PopovaAlenicheva is 9-0 this spring.

Aliseda kept the Bearcats rolling with a 6-0, 6-2 win over NSU’s Chiara CarneluttiAliseda is a perfect 7-0 at No. 3 singles.

Sofia Pignataro went the distance with NSU’s Melissa Vera at No. 4 singles but prevailed with a 12-10 third-set tiebreaker victory.

Victoria Caster secured the final point of the day with a 6-1, 6-0 thrashing of NSU’s Belinda Jayaprakasah. Caster is 4-0 at No. 6 singles this spring.

The Bearcats will travel to Edmond, Oklahoma, to take on the University of Central Oklahoma Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bronchos are 10-1 overall and 3-0 in MIAA play. The Bronchos are ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in the central region.