Posted: Mar 25, 2009
March 25, 2009|
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO. - The SIUE women's tennis team ended a six-match losing skid Wednesday with a 5-2 victory over Southeast Missouri State.
With the win the Cougars record improved to 5-9.
Ali Wulfers defeated Elise Nattier 7-5, 5-7, 10-7 in a key match at No. 2 singles.
"Ali has played extremely well moving up to compensate for the teams short-handed lineups", said SIUE coach Kyler Updyke.
SIUE would also get straight-sets wins from Kelsey Laird, Stephanie Clark and Amanda Niebur. SEMO's only victories would come from Julia Masotti over SIUE's Maggie Boeckman 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and a forfeited point at No. 6 singles.
Wulfers and Laird defeated Masotti and Elise Nattier 8-5 at No. 1 doubles while Clark and Niebur won 8-2 at No. 2 doubles. SEMO would get the default victory in No. 3 doubles by default as the Cougars were shorthanded. However, with the 2-1 edge in doubles wins, the Cougars would earn the team point for doubles.
"The doubles point was the key to the victory. When the team gets the default loss in No. 3 doubles it is hard to overcome. If the team would have lost the doubles point, the match would have been much more difficult to win", said Updyke.
The Cougars will now head home for the rest of the season. They will begin their homestand Friday against Saint Louis University at the SIUE Tennis Courts. SLU will enter the match with a record of 4-9. The first serve is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.