Panther tennis falls to the UIC Flames



Andrijana Brkic picked up a pair of victories against UIC, winning both her singles and doubles matches.

ADAM JOHNSON, Sports Writer

On Sunday, March 19, the UNI women’s tennis team played host to UIC at the Black Hawk Tennis Center in Waterloo. It was not the best day for the Panthers, as they fell to UIC, 6-1.

There were three doubles matches, and UIC took the victory in two of them, while UNI won in the other. The UNI duo of Darta Dalecka and Lorena Cardoso dropped a close 6-4 match against UIC’s Agnes Gustafsson and Natali Nikolopoulou. Thaissa Moreira and Issa Sullivan lost 6-2 to Cora-Lynn von Dungern and Paula Rodriguez Gregoris. The Panthers picked up their first win when Andrijana Brkic and Kim Zizek defeated Tamara Malazonia and Zara Ryan by a score of 6-2.

In singles action, the Flames showed their dominance, winning all but one of the matches. UNI’s Dalecka, Cardoso and Kanyanut Sudsaard were all defeated in straight sets. The other three Panthers singles took the matches to three sets. Moreira dropped the first set against UIC’s Rodriguez Gregoris 6-0, but bounced back with a 6-4 victory in the second set. Ultimately, she would drop the third set 10-8. UNI’s Zizek went through the same story. She dropped the first set to von Durgen 6-1, bounced back 6-2 in the second, and was defeated 6-3 in the third set. Brkic, who was also a part of the only double that was victorious for the Panthers, was also the only singles victor. She defeated Malazonia 6-2 in the first set, and then lost the second set 7-6. She bounced back for the third and final set however, and picked up the 12-10 victory. 

The Panthers record moves to 4-9-1 on the season, and they will get back to work on Saturday, March 25, when they travel to Peoria, Ill. to face off with Bradley.