Panthers travel to Illinois, drop two contests

PATRICK HANSEN, Sports Writer

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The women’s tennis team is nearing the end of the season as they hit the final three-game stretch, embarking on a tour of Illinois, taking on Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois State and Bradley.

In the first match against Illinois, UNI fell in five of their nine matches on the road. In singles play, the one, three and six spots went unfinished, but the two, four and five spots all fell to the hands of the Illini, being shutout in at least one set. Claudia Toledo at the second spot was shutout in the first set, 6-0, followed by a 6-1 performance. Daisy Phillips turned in a 6-2 first set followed by a 6-0 second and freshman Davi Patterson turned in a 6-0, 6-2 performance in her second start.

In doubles play, the first team of Reghan Lynch and Toledo was shutout 6-0, and the third team of Phillips and Olivia Fain went down 6-3. The second team of Harri Proudfoot and Caro Valentina went unfinished with the Panthers falling 4-6.

The next day, the purple and gold made the hour drive north to Normal, Ill., to take on the Illinois State Redbirds in conference play. The women of UNI had another rough outing, winning only one match on the day. In singles play, Toledo was the only competitor for the Panthers who was able to win a singles match, as she took down the two spot, 7-6 and 6-4.

In doubles play, the team of Lynch and Toledo fell 6-2 in the one spot, team two of Proudfoot and Caro and team three of Phillips and Fain fell with a score of 6-4.

The Panthers finished out their regular season schedule on April 21 at Bradley University before making the trip back home for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament that will be hosted by UNI in on Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28.

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