HOMEWOOD, Ill. – Haley Ilcewicz provided the clinching point Saturday as SIUE women's tennis defeated Chicago State 4-2.
"Haley was down a set and 5-2 in the second set and came back to win 7-5," said SIUE Head Coach Jason Coomer. "And then she won the tiebreaker. That was an exciting part of the match."
Ilcewicz won the No. 5 singles match over Carynne Lloyd 2-6, 7-5, 10-2.
"Haley's experience really shined through today. At no point was she willing to give up," said Coomer.
Mia Frogner provided a comeback as well at No. 3 singles. The Cougar freshman went to 4-0 in third-set tiebreakers this season and improved her overall record to 13-1 with a 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 triumph over Faith Huckabee.
"Mia continues to show that she is a fierce competitor," Coomer said.
The Cougars also picked up straight sets victories by Lexi Aranda and Kali Donner. No doubles matches were finished as SIUE had clinched the match during singles. SIUE improved to 3-2 overall while Chicago State dropped to 1-4.
"We had some players show the type of fight they have in them," Coomer said. "While we are pleased with those efforts, this is an attitude our entire team must adopt."
SIUE now has a week to get ready for its first home contest of the season. The Cougars take on Evansville at the Edwardsville YMCA next Saturday at 4:30 p.m.