Tennis picks up first win of the season in Michigan tourney

COLIN HORNING, Sports Editor

The Northern Iowa women’s tennis team took a road trip to Michigan this past weekend for a three-match slate against Ball State University, Western Michigan University and Ferris State University. Still searching for their first victory of the season, UNI would drop the first two matches of the weekend before picking up a win against Division II opponent Ferris State.

Freshman Thaissa Moreira grabbed the only win for the Panther women in their match against Ball State on Friday afternoon by the score of 6-1, 6-1. The Cardinals took the other five in the singles matches and also swept the doubles point. Saturday morning’s match would be a tough one for the Purple and Gold, UNI fell to Western Michigan in a sweep, 7-0. On Saturday afternoon, however, Northern Iowa would break through for their first win of the season, by the score of 5-2 against Ferris State. The Panther women took the five singles points, but dropped the doubles point. Moreira fought from behind and defeated her opponent, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-1). Val Caro would take her match in a close battle, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3) and Olivia Fain wound up victorious in the No. 6 spot with scores of 6-0, 7-6 (7-5).

Next weekend, the Panthers will host Gustavus Adolphus College out of St. Peter, Minn. on Saturday, Feb 22 along with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Sunday, Feb 23. Both matches will be held in Waterloo, Iowa. The Panthers now sit at 1-6 overall on the season.