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Women's Tennis Continues to Make Strides

Tuesday, September 11, 2012  
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
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MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Regents women's tennis team played its best match of the year on Saturday when they competed against the MSOE Raiders. Despite only coming out the meet with 1 victory, the Regents were very competitive in five other matches that could have gone either way.

Sophomore Carla Ramirez (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) got her first collegiate win in a thrilling 3-set match. After dropping the first set 3-6, Ramirez battled back to win the second set 7-6 in tiebreak to force a third and deciding set. The third set turned out to be just as competitive as Ramirez was able to earn a 10-8 victory to win the match.

The Regents had two other matches go into a third-set tiebreaker and another singles match come down to the wire on Saturday. Junior Shannon Hoppes (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson) and freshman Monica Parsons (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) both played very well but both fell in 3-set matches. Hoppes and Parsons each split the first two sets 5-7, 6-3 but were unable to keep the momentum going in the third set, losing 10-5. Jessica Segalla (Loves Park, Ill./Harlem) again played well out of the #1 spot but dropped her match 4-6, 3-6.

Rockford was also very competitive in two of its doubles matches having an opportunity to win both its #1 doubles match and its #3 doubles match. In the #1 doubles, it was Segalla and Ramirez who gave the Raiders all they could handle but were unable to come up with the win falling 8-6. Hoppes and Parsons played their best doubles match of the season so far dropping their match 8-5 to MSOE.

Freshman Lyla Gao (Yueging, China/Luishi) played in an exhibition match on Saturday against MSOE. Gao was outstanding defeating her opponent in straight sets 6-3, 6-3. It was the first win of her tennis career.

The women's tennis team returns to the courts on September 11th when the host the Aurora University Spartans at 3:00 p.m.

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