CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – SIUE women's tennis picked up a crucial road victory Saturday with a 5-2 triumph over Southeast Missouri.
"Any time you can win on the road, that's something that is going to enhance your postseason opportunities," said SIUE Head Coach Jason Coomer. "We played well from the beginning. When matches got tight, we found ways to win."
SIUE, 8-8 overall and 3-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, set the tone early by winning the doubles point. Coomer said an 8-7 win by Lexi Aranda and Haley Ilcewicz at No. 2 doubles over Southeast's Melissa Martin and Valeriia Nagovitcina proved crucial.
"I think Lexi and Haley's match completely changed the outcome of the match," said Coomer. "Being able to pull off that win definitely took some wind out of the sails of SEMO. It gave us some confidence going into singles."
In singles, Donner was perfect against Heather Robinson at No. 4 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0.
Frogner earned her 20th victory of the season with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Ekaterina Donetckova.
Ilcewicz battled back to defeat Warasanti in three sets. Ilcewicz fought off three match points in the 4-6, 6-4, 15-13 win.
"It doesn't surprise me anymore when she gets into that situation and finds a way to win," said Coomer. "She has been doing it for a while. We have a lot of confidence when she is in that situation."
Aranda picked up what would be the clinching point for the Cougars at No. 1 singles. She bested Kashina 6-3, 6-2.
"Lexi definitely stepped up and played at a really high level," said Coomer. "That's a good, quality win for us at No. 1 today."
Southeast's record dropped to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the OVC.
SIUE returns home for an 11 a.m. match Sunday to battle UT Martin.
"UT Martin is going to be another difficult test for us," said Coomer. "They're fighting for a spot in the postseason tournament just as we are."