EDMOND, Oklahoma – The Northwest Missouri State University overcame an early deficit to score a 4-1 victory over the University of Nebraska-Kearney Lopers in the MIAA Women’s Tennis Tournament quarterfinals.
Northwest improves to 11-6 on the season, while UNK completes its year with a record of 6-13 overall.
UNK gained an early advantage by taking victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles for a 1-0 dual lead. The No. 1 doubles match went to a tiebreaker with UNK’s Melisa Becerra and Claire Neil topping Northwest’s Vera Alenicheva and Julia Aliseda, 7-6 (6-3).
Northwest regrouped and was able to secure four singles wins to lock up the dual victory and advance to the semifinals for a matchup with No. 17-ranked Washburn.
Alenicheva tallied a 6-4, 6-0 win over Becerra at No. 1 singles.
Northwest’s Sofia Pignataro topped Neil in straight sets, 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
Northwest’s Victoria Caster cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles over UNK’s Pranathi Gannavaram.
The clinching match came at No. 2 singles when Aliseda was able to prevail in a third set over UNK’s Jazmin Zamorano. Aliseda won the first set, 6-3. However, Zamorano battled back with a 7-5 win in the second. Aliseda took complete control in third with a 6-0 victory.
No. 17 Ichabods eke out dual win over Bearcat women’s tennis
EDMOND, Oklahoma – The No. 17-ranked Washburn University Ichabods eked out a 4-3 dual victory over the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats in the semifinals of the 2021 MIAA Women’s Tennis Tournament.
Washburn (16-1) advances to the MIAA title match to take on Central Oklahoma Saturday at 2 p.m. Northwest (11-7 overall) will look to receive an NCAA Tournament bid in the Central Region.
The Ichabods took a 1-0 lead in the dual by scoring wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
Washburn moved the lead to 3-0 by securing victories at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. WU’s Maria Soler Valverde tallied a 6-2, 6-1 win over Northwest’s Tessa Kwakernaak at No. 3 singles. WU’s Maja Jung held off Northwest’s Angela per Moreno at No. 3 singles, 7-5, 6-2.
The Bearcats got on the board at No. 5 singles when Sofia Pignataro put together a 6-2, 6-4 win over WU’s Logan Morrissey.
Northwest’s Vera Alenicheva achieved her 15th win of the season in a three-set match with WU’s Marta Torres at No. 1 singles. Alenicheva pulled Northwest to within 3-2 with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 win.
Northwest’s Julia Aliseda evened the dual at 3-3 with a three-set triumph of her own at No. 2 singles. Aliseda took down WU’s Svea Crohn 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. Aliseda improved her season record to 14-3 overall.
The dual victory boiled down to a three-set thriller at No. 6 singles. WU’s Cadence Lynn gained an early edge with a 6-4 first-set win over Northwest’s Victoria Caster. Caster returned the favor with a 6-4 victory of her own in the second. Caster opened up a 4-1 lead in the third set only to see Lynn battle back. Caster led 5-4 when Lynn rattled off two games to take a 6-5 lead. Caster was able to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. Lynn did not trail in the tiebreaker after taking a 2-0 lead. Lynn clinched the Ichabod dual win with a 7-4 triumph in the third-set tiebreaker. Caster is 12-6 on the season and dropped her first match of the season at No. 6 singles to fall to 10-1.