Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Both
Northern Kentucky University tennis teams were able to slip past
the Tritons of the University of Missouri-St.
Louis in Great Lakes Valley Conference action Friday afternoon
at the UMSL Tennis Center.
The men’s team (9-4, 3-0 GLVC), who are currently the eighth-ranked
team in the Midwest Region, took a 5-4 decision over a Triton squad
that was ranked one spot higher in the regional rankings.
The NKU women’s team (11-4, 3-0 GLVC), who are the fourth-ranked
team in the Midwest Region and 42nd-ranked in the nation, were
able to defeated their counterparts by a 6-3 margin.
In men’s action, UMSL (0-8, 0-3 GLVC) jumped out to an early
2-1 lead by taking the top two doubles flights. The duo of Andi
Dimke and Daniel Anthony defeated Fritz Dlabik and Ignacio Ortiz
8-6 while teammates Peter Hantack and Alex Cherman also downed
Felipe Rossetti and Jason Kramer by an 8-6 final margin.
The Norse duo of Will Knoll and Tyler Fraser earned NKU’s
lone doubles point by defeating the Maor Grinas/Tim Bryant 8-4.
NKU would storm back to take four of the six singles points to
squeak out the team victory. Knoll and Ricardo Weaver were able
to cruise past their respective opponents by the same 6-0, 6-4
score while Kramer posted a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Bryant,
After dropping the first set 6-4 to Anthony, Dlabik dialed up the
extra energy and coasted to a 6-2 win in the second set forcing
a match deciding third set.
The third set was a back-and-forth affair as neither player could
take total control. Dlabik, however, was able to win the final
game in the set for a 7-5 marker.
In women’s action, an odd occurrence unfolded in the singles
portion of the match after NKU had taken two of the three doubles
points. Four of the singles matches were decide by a 6-0 final
set – a total of six 6-0 set were played in singles action.
Fortunately for the Norse, Stephanie Isaacs, Michelle Schirmann,
and Maggie Koetter were on the winning side of three of the individual
matches decided by a 6-0 final set.
Isaacs was the better Stephanie on the day as she defeated Stephanie
Thompson 6-2, 6-0. Schirmann downed Leticia Garcia 6-1, 3-6, 6-0
while Koetter had to expel little effort in defeating Katie Rynkiewich
Kristen Sunday was on the losing end of the last 6-0 final set
as Pujitha Bandi took the point with a 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-0 final
Jillian Sturgeon took the final point of the day for the Norse
with a 6-0, 6-2 demolishing of Adriana Garcia.
The Norse will be
back in action Saturday afternoon as they complete the weekend
road trip at Quincy University.