Panther tennis tops conference foe Valparaiso

FRANK WALSH, Sports Writer

The Missouri Valley Conference is filled with fierce competitors when it comes to the game of tennis, having two teams in Illinois State and Missouri State that remain undefeated in conference play.

The University of Northern Iowa women’s tennis team was able to pounce on the opportunity to compete against a fellow MVC foe, the Valparaiso University Crusaders. The game took place in the home courts of Waterloo, Iowa.

The Panthers were led by Daisy Phillips and Olivia Fain during doubles competition, grabbing a 6-1 victory. Valentina Caro and Harri Proudfoot also posted a 6-1 victory to earn the doubles point for UNI.

Phillips also posted an impressive 6-2 victory in the first set of her singles match, ultimately taking the match with a win in the third set with a score of 6-4.

Reghan Lynch also did well in the singles competition, posting a win in two sets, each finishing 7-5.

This past weekend, the Panthers gained their very first Missouri Valley Conference win of the season.

With the regular season closing soon, the Panthers have a few more competitions looking forward. UNI Tennis will be facing the University of Illinois, Illinois State and the Bradley University Braves, having both competitions away from home on Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21.