CINCINNATI – The Creighton women’s tennis team earned its first BIG EAST win on Saturday with a 4-3 decision over Providence on a neutral court site at Xavier. Earlier in the weekend the Bluejays fell 7-0 in their conference debut against the host Musketeers.
Despite losing the doubles point to the Friars, Creighton (11-8, 1-1 BIG EAST) claimed four singles matches, including a pair of three-set, come-from-behind wins, to secure it first conference victory over Providence (5-14, 1-4 BIG EAST).
CU senior Jennie Hartjes and freshman Katherine Nelsen paired up to win at No. 1 doubles as the first duo off the courts to build momentum, but the Friars swept courts two and three to nab the first team point and take a 1-0 lead.
Hartjes tied the match at 1-1 as she cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 decision over PC’s Maria Bernardez on court one. Sophomore Sam Anderson gave Creighton the lead at 2-1 after a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Friar Hannah Zangari on court five.
Providence tied the match with a victory on court two as Alana Prinos toppled CU senior Analese Snyder 6-3, 6-3. The Friars then pulled ahead 3-2 upon a straight-set victory on court six as PC’s Olivia Hogan knocked off CU sophomore Karlin Naslund 6-4, 6-3.
Each of the final two matches on courts Nos. 3 and 4 went the distance after the Bluejays lost the first set 6-2.
With CU down 3-2 in the match, on court three Nelsen battled back for a 7-6 win in the second stanza to force a deciding set against Jennifer DeLuca of Providence.
At No. 4 singles it was junior Amanda Noonan winning the second set in extra games at 7-5 to force a third set versus PC’s Karen Ramirez as both went down to the wire.
Nelsen scored a huge comeback down 5-6 in the third to win the final game and force a tiebreaker. She then won a set tiebreaker for the second consecutive stanza to secure the victory on court three and even the match at 3-3.
Noonan fought through a tough third set to come out on top at 6-4 to clinch the team match point and give Creighton the victory moments later.
The Bluejays struggled in their BIG EAST debut at Xavier (16-5, 2-1 BIG EAST) as the host Musketeers swept all of the doubles and singles matches in straight sets.
Creighton has week off before traveling to New York City for the BIG EAST Tennis Championships on the grounds of the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, Apr. 24-27.