Women’s Tennis Powers Past Eagles

McKenzie Thomas

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE women's tennis team protected its home court Saturday afternoon, defeating Ohio Valley Conference foe Morehead State by a score of 4-3 at the SIUE Tennis Courts.

The Cougars got off to a fast start, winning two of the three doubles matches to grab a 1-0 lead heading into singles competition.

The doubles pairing of Haley Ilcewicz and Monique Krutak, as well as McKenzie Thomas and Amanda Miller, both picked up wins for SIUE.

"We always talk about how important it is to get off to a good start, and we did that today in doubles," Head Coach Jason Coomer said.  "Looking at the final result, it's pretty evident how important that fast start was for us."

In singles, Ilcewicz and Miller both picked up where they left off and won their respective matches in straight sets.  Ilcewicz defeated Lissa Pacheco-Brousseau (6-4, 6-3) at No. 4 singles while Miller knocked off Morgan Wright (6-0, 6-2) at No. 6 singles.

"The experience we have on this team showed today with Haley and Amanda both winning in straight sets," Coomer added.  "Haley doesn't play like a sophomore; she plays far above that label.  For Amanda, we expect our upperclassmen to step on the court and lead by example and she was able to do that today."

The Eagles won three singles matches of their own, forcing a 3-3 tie.

Thomas would seal the victory for SIUE, however, overcoming the pressure to defeat Dominique McLean in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) at No. 5 singles.

"McKenzie has grown so much as a player over the last month," Coomer said.  "With the match coming down to her, you would never have known she was a freshman by the way how she handled the situation.  She was calm, collected, and we couldn't be more excited for her."

The win moves the Cougars to 8-12 overall and 4-5 in the OVC.  SIUE will play its final match of the regular season Sunday, when they play host to Eastern Kentucky.  The match is set to begin at 11 a.m.

 Results

Singles

1. PRESTON, Briar (MOR-W) def. Monique Krutak (SIUE) 1-6, 6-2, 6-1

2. CRAN, Victoria (MOR-W) def. Kali Donner (SIUE) 6-4, 6-2

3. BEAULE, Sandrine (MOR-W) def. Sierra Halverson (SIUE) 6-4, 6-2

4. Haley Ilcewicz (SIUE) def. PACHECO-BROUSSEAU (MOR-W) 6-4, 6-3

5. McKenzie Thomas (SIUE) def. McLEAN, Dominique (MOR-W) 6-4, 6-4

6. Amanda Miller (SIUE) def. WRIGHT, Morgan (MOR-W) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles

1. PRESTON, Briar/CRAN, Victoria (MOR-W) def. Kali Donner/Sierra Halverson (SIUE) 9-7

2. Haley Ilcewicz/Monique Krutak (SIUE) def. BEAULE, Sandrine/McLEAN, Dominique (MOR-W) 8-4

3. McKenzie Thomas/Amanda Miller (SIUE) def. PACHECO-BROUSSEAU/WRIGHT, Morgan (MOR-W) 8-5

Final - SIUE 4, MSU 3