CARBONDALE, ILL. – The Indiana State women’s tennis team closed out the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference season on a down note, falling to the host Southern Illinois Salukis Friday 5-2.
“We started out terrible in the doubles and it continued that way into the singles,” Malik Tabet, Indiana State Director of Tennis, said. “I warned the girls that there could be a letdown at this time of the season and that is exactly what happened. We just didn’t play with any fire and that is something that we will have to address in the next couple of days.”
The Sycamores earned both of their points in the singles as Anna Morgina topped SIU’s Vishakha Sheoran 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles and Sofya Lifanova swept past the Salukis Ame Blacketer 6-3, 6-1 at No. 3 singles.
The same two combined for Indiana State’s only in the doubles, defeating Sheoran and Martina Vianna Ce 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.
“Anna and Sofya did what they had to do to win,” Tabet said. “It was disappointing that we did not get that from the other two players.”
Sarah Meghoufel lost her first Missouri Valley Conference match in her two year career as a Sycamore, dropping a 6-2, 6-1 decision to SIU’s Fadzai Mawisire at No. 1 singles. Sycamore freshman Elmine Botes also lost her singles match, falling to Jessica Flannery 6-2, 7-6 (7-1) at No. 4 singles.
Botes and Meghoufel also lost their No. 1 doubles match, losing to Mawisire and Blacketer 8-2.
The Sycamores, now 8-10 overall and 6-2 in the Missouri Valley Conference, will close out the regular season by hosting the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers at 12 p.m. (ET) Saturday on the courts at the Duane Klueh Tennis Complex.
Indiana State had already clinched the second seed in next weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference Team Championship, which will be played in Omaha, Neb., starting Friday.