DAYTON, Ohio – SIUE women's tennis won three third-set tiebreakers Saturday and defeated Wright State 4-1 at the South Regency Tennis Center.
"We let the doubles point slip away from us today, but our girls did not fold under the pressure," said SIUE Head Coach Jason Coomer. "They came out and took control of the singles matches."
Monique Krutak won her match at No. 1 singles 6-4, 6-4 over Wright State's Linsey Verstrepen.
Aranda had lost the first set and was down 3-2 in the second set before storming back to win 6-3 and force a third-set tiebreaker.
"Lexi got off to a slow start today but took a step forward in her development by finding a way to fight through the pressure in taking the second set," said Coomer.
Coomer said SIUE's Donner provided the match-clinching point in her 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 win at No. 4 singles over Tori Turner.
"Kali showed today why she is the leader on this team," said Coomer. "She is as competitive as anyone, and her determination on the court is as high as I could have hoped."
The Cougars, 2-1, are idle until Feb. 7-8 when they travel to Chicago to take on Northern Illinois and Chicago State.
"It's always encouraging to be put in difficult and stressful circumstances and not break under the pressure," said Coomer. "If today was any indication of how we will respond, that will give us confidence going forward."
Tennis Match Results
SIUE vs Wright State
Jan 25, 2014 at Dayton, Ohio
SIUE 4, Wright State 1
1. Monique Krutak (SIUE) def. Linsey Verstrepen (WRST) 6-4, 6-4
2. Lexi Aranda (SIUE) def. Elaine Cloern (WRST) 3-6, 6-3, 10-4
3. Mia Frogner (SIUE) def. Vanessa Madrigal (WRST) 6-2, 5-7, 10-7
4. Kali Donner (SIUE) def. Tori Turner (WRST) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7
5. Haley Ilcewicz (SIUE) def. Lauren Smith (WRST) unfinished
6. Sierra Halverson (SIUE) def. Aby Madrigal (WRST) unfinished
1. Linsey Verstrepen/Elaine Cloern (WRST) def. Sierra Halverson/Lexi Aranda (SIUE) 6-2
2. Mia Frogner/Monique Krutak (SIUE) def. Aby Madrigal/Vanessa Madrigal (WRST) 7-5
3. Lauren Smith/Tori Turner (WRST) def. Haley Ilcewicz/Kali Donner (SIUE) 6-4