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SIUE Falls to Southeast Missouri in Season Finale

SIUE Falls to Southeast Missouri in Season Finale

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE women's tennis team fell to Southeast Missouri 6-1 at the Edwardsville YMCA Saturday to wrap up the 2018 season.

The Cougars dropped to 0-20 overall and 0-9 in Ohio Valley Conference play. The Redhawks improved to 5-13 and 2-7 in OVC play.

SIUE earned their lone point in singles play when Ann-Christine Link defeated Isabella Krupa (SEMO) 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 3 match. In No. 2 singles, Kseniya Zonova of Southeast Missouri defeated SIUE's Raillane Kamdem in three sets 1-6, 6-1, 10-1. 

The No. 1 doubles match between Kamdem / Link and Zonova / Doroshenko (SEMO) was stopped at 5-5 when the Cougars fell in the No. 2 match. 

SIUE Head Coach Nick Mueller talked about his team's tough circumstances this season and how they positively responded.

"I'm extremely proud of this team," said Mueller. "We have faced a lot of adversity this year and instead of griping about it, they became resilient. Losing 4-3 to UT Martin Friday showed we can hang with an OVC tournament team. The last two days have been very rewarding as a coach."

Mueller lauded over how Katherine Lahue, Anna Talley and Angel Ikeda stepped up to the plate by joining the SIUE tennis team.

"I can't thank Katherine, Anna and Angel enough for what they have sacrificed to help this team," added Mueller.

Lara Tupper, who spent the whole season at the No. 1 singles spot for the Cougars, will be a junior next year. She won five matches at her No. 1 spot, which was tied for the most wins for SIUE this season in singles play.

Freshmen Kamdem won three matches in No. 2 singles and two in the No. 3 spot this season, tying her with Tupper for most wins in singles play for SIUE.

"This core group will come back next fall with a new outlook," said Mueller. "We will no doubt be a force in the OVC next year."

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