OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's tennis team defeated Northern Iowa for the first time since 2004 on Saturday afternoon, improving to 11-8 overall, 2-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The 5-2 win puts the Bluejays in a great position going into the final match in the regular season tomorrow, when they host Drake.
"This was a huge win for our women's team today," said head coach Tom Lilly. "Analese Snyder clinched the match after needing a medical timeout in the third set. She was down 1-4 and came back to win it for us. Truly a great win for our team that played with a lot of heart today."
The Bluejays won the doubles point on the final match to carry momentum into singles play on Saturday. Jennie Hartjes and Analese Snyder defeated Cassandra Dix and Krissy Lankelma 8-2 in the No. 1 doubles before Elizabeth Vermillion and Amanda Noonan fell 8-4 to Chelsea Moore and Stafannia Sampaio in the No. 3 doubles.
Mary McMullan and Kelsey Schmidt then clinched the point with an 8-6 win over Nina Pfahler and Jessica Kunzelmann in the No. 2 doubles.
A pair of singles wins by UNI gave the Panthers the 2-1 lead early. Krissy Lankelma defeated Vermillion 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 5 singles before Chelsea Moore downed McMullan 6-2, 7-6.
The rest of the match was controlled by the Jays. Koehrsen ousted Sampaio 7-5, 7-5 to even the match 2-2 before fellow freshman Hartjes took down Nina Pfahler in three-sets, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Snyder's three-set win in the No. 3 singles secured the win for the Jays. Snyder took the first set 7-5 before Kunzelmann, UNI's all-time winningest women's tennis player, took the second set 6-4. Snyder then fell behind 4-1 in the third, needing a medical timeout before coming back to earn the 6-4 win in the third.
A three-set, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win from Schmidt over Dix gave Creighton the 5-2 win.
"I am just real proud on how hard our girls fought today" said Lilly following the match.
The women's team will honor Kelsey Schmidt and Mary McMullan on Sunday as part of Senior Day festivities for the Jays. The duo currently sits at No. 2 and No. 3 on the Creighton All-Time charts, with 138 and 131 wins total, respectively. Schmidt has the most wins in doubles play in Creighton history, while McMullan sits #2 in all-time singles wins.
NOTES: The Bluejays play their final match of the regular season tomorrow, with a 10:00 am match against Drake. The outcome of the match, as well as other finishes around the Valley, will determine final seeding for the MVC Tournament, played in Omaha April 27-29.