PEORIA, Ill. - The women's tennis team hosted Missouri Valley Conference rival Southern Illinois (16-4, 5-1 MVC) Sunday at the David Markin Tennis Courts and the Braves (4-18, 0-7 MVC) dropped a 7-0 decision to the league runner-up in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Braves faced an uphill climb all day; SIU swept the doubles matches and never gave up momentum. Cold winds and overcast skies remained throughout the match but did nothing to cool-off the Salukis who entered the day having won three of their last four contests.
The Braves #3 pairing of sophomores Meredith McDonagh and Ashley Roth delivered the closest match in doubles competition. After a back-and-forth set, their freshman counterparts, Ariadna and Bisela Cairo Baza, finished the Saluki sweep 8-6.
Freshman Carly Miles provided the Braves with their best chance for a singles victory. Miles lost a first-set tiebreaker against Bisela Cairo Baza. During the second game of set two, Miles and Cairo Baza had a score dispute and coaches were called over to settle how many games into the set the players were. A coin-flip landed in Miles favor, but Cairo Baza rallied en route to a 7-6(4), 6-4 victory.
With no more regular-season matches on the schedule, the Braves will travel next week to Omaha, Neb. for the State Farm MVC Championship, which begins Friday.
Bradley Women's Tennis Recap
Southern Illinois at Bradley - 10 a.m.
Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Peoria, Ill. (David Markin Courts)
Southern Illinois 7, Bradley
1. Delsart/Love (SIU) def. Mattson/Miles (BU) 8-4
2. Dien/Tomishima (SIU) def. Henke/Wojtalik (BU) 8-3
3. A. Cairo Baza/B. Cairo Baza (SIU) def. McDonagh/Roth (BU) 8-6
1. Melanie Delsart (SIU) def. Elizabeth Przystawski (BU) 6-0, 6-0
2. Jennifer Dien (SIU) def. Adele Henke (BU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Anita Lee (SIU) def. Corey Mattson (BU) 6-2, 6-4
4. Natasha Tomishima (SIU) def. Cassia Wojtalik (BU) 6-1, 6-0
5. Ariadna Cairo Baza (SIU) def. Meredith McDonagh (BU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Bisela Cairo Baza (SIU) def. Carly Miles (BU) 7-6(4), 6-4
Bradley: 4-18, 0-7 MVC
Southern Illinois: 16-4, 5-1 MVC