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SIUE Tennis Falls at Nebraska

Lara Tupper
Lara Tupper

LINCOLN, Neb. –The SIUE women's tennis team fell to Nebraska Saturday and North Dakota Sunday at the Dillon Tennis Center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Head Coach Nick Mueller on his team's performances this weekend.

"Our team fought extremely hard this weekend. A lot of games went to deuce that didn't quite go our way."

Saturday, the Cornhuskers (5-2) topped the Cougars 7-0.

Singles play consisted of Vasanti Shinde (NEB) def. Lara Tupper (SIUE) 6-3, 6-3, Claire Reifeis (NEB) def. Ann-Christine Link (SIUE), by forfeit, Jeannie Lozowski (NEB) def. Raillane Kamdem (SIUE) 6-4, 6-2, Hayley Haakenstad (NEB) def. Katherine Lahue (SIUE) 6-0, 6-0, Emma Worley (NEB) def. Anna Talley (SIUE) 6-2, 6-0 and Elizabeth Gould (NEB) def. Angel Ikeda (SIUE) 6-0, 6-0.

In Doubles, Paula Del Cueto/Brianna Lashway (NEB) def. Link/Tupper (SIUE) 6-0, Katerina Matysova/Reifeis (NEB) def. Lahue/Kamdem (SIUE), by default and M'Balia Bangoura/Gould (NEB) def. Talley/Ikeda (SIUE) 6-0.

Sunday, the Sky Hawks (2-4) downed SIUE (0-5) 7-0.

Singles saw Carmen Palumbo (UND) def. Tupper (SIUE) 6-4, 7-6, Elly Hartnett (UND) def. Kamdem (SIUE) 6-4, 6-2, Preethi Kasilingam (UND) def. Lahue (SIUE) 6-0, 6-0, Isa Sullivan (UND) def. Talley (SIUE) 6-0, 6-0 and Zahra Finnigan (UND) def. Ikeda (SIUE) 6-0, 6-0. North Dakota won the sixth singles match by default.

During doubles play, Elly Hartnett/Carmen Palumbo (UND) def. Kamdem/Tupper (SIUE), by default and Isa Sullivan/Preethi Kasilingam (UND) def. Talley/Lahue (SIUE) 6-0. The third doubles match wasn't played.

Mueller on his team's growth and willingness to stick together.

"We are making strides as a group and we are sticking together through some adversity. I'm proud of how well this group represented SIUE this weekend."

SIUE tennis will be back in action Friday, facing Saint Louis at the St. Clair Indoor Tennis Center in O'Fallon, Illinois.

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