UNI splits final two tennis matches of the season


Karla DeBruin

The UNI tennis team split their matches vs Mo St. and Drury.

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist

The UNI women’s tennis team played its final two tennis games of the regular season on Friday and Saturday, first facing Missouri State in its final MVC match, then facing Drury University in its final regular season game. Both games were in Springfield, Mo.

UNI came into its match with Missouri State 4-12 overall and 0-4 in conference play. Missouri State came in 0-16 overall and 0-3 in conference play. In doubles play, the Purple and Gold won all three matches to get the doubles point. Darta Dalecka and Lorena Cardoso won 7-5, Andrijana Brkic and Thaissa Moreira won 6-3, and Emma Carr and Issa Sullivan won by default after the Bears forfeited. UNI also picked up a singles point due to Missouri State only having five players and being forced to forfeit. Dalecka won the next singles point with 7-5 and 6-2 wins in her two sets. Carr, Cardoso and Brkic each won their matches in three sets. The Panthers had already claimed six of seven points for a win, but was unable to finish off with a sweep, as Moreira lost her match in a tiebreaker. This was UNI’s first conference win, finishing with a 6-1 thrashing of the Bears.

The match against Drury the next day began with a narrow loss of the doubles point. Although Carr and Sullivan won their match, Drury won the other two to claim the point. Dalecka won her second straight singles match, winning by scores of 6-2 and 6-3. Brkic also won, dominating with matching scores of 6-2. UNI lost the other four matches, although Sullivan won one set and pushed her match to the third set, finally falling in three sets.

The Purple and Gold closed the regular season with a 2-5 loss, ending at 5-13 overall and 1-4 in conference play. Their next games will be in the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, hosted in Des Moines on April 22-24.