Cougars Fall to Belmont

McKenzie Thomas
McKenzie Thomas

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Playing on the road for the second time in as many days, the SIUE women's tennis team finished the weekend 1-1 after falling to Belmont Saturday afternoon in Nashville.

The Bruins prevailed 5-2 after after taking four of six singles matches.  The loss drops the Cougars to 7-10 overall and 3-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

"Unfortunately, we didn't walk into today's match as focused as I would expect our team to be," Head Coach Jason Coomer said.  "At this time of the season, we need our older players to play like veterans and our younger players to do the same.  When we do that, great things will come."

Freshmen Monique Krutak and McKenzie Thomas both continued their strong play in OVC competition by winning their singles matches.  Krutak won in straight sets (6-4, 6-2) to earn her team-leading 15th singles victory of the year, while Thomas battled back from a set down (4-6, 6-3, 10-5) to win her tenth.

In doubles, the duo of Krutak and Haley Ilcewicz won 8-7 to improve their record as a doubles tandem to 9-1.

Next up for SIUE is a home match against Eastern Illinois Wednesday at 2 p.m.  Weather permitting, the match will be played outdoors at the SIUE Tennis Courts.

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