OMAHA, Neb. (Feb. 16) - The Creighton women's tennis team scored a 5-2 win over North Dakota in its home opener at the Hanscom Tennis Center Saturday night.
Creighton (1-2) won the doubles point and four singles matches to secure the victory over UND (1-8) as four Bluejays claimed their first singles victory of the year.
In doubles action, the Creighton duo of sophomore Jennie Hartjes and freshman Karlin Naslund cruised to an 8-1 win over Callie Ronkowski and Sarah Stejskal of North Dakota. CU's pairing of junior Analese Snyder and sophomore Amanda Noonan clinched the doubles point on court three with an 8-2 defeat of UND's Megan Sween and Shaylin Prout.
Play on doubles court one was halted when the Jays earned the point. At the time Creighton senior Anna Kirshenbaum and freshman Sam Anderson held a 6-3 advantage over Stephanie Biehn and Stephanie Petsis of North Dakota.
Creighton sophomore Taylor Koehrsen quickly rolled out to a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Prout on singles court six to put the Bluejays up 2-0. At No. 3 singles, Kirshenbaum also made quick work of UND's Ronkowski 6-4, 6-0 to give CU another point.
CU junior Analese Snyder clinched the team match point on court two to give the Bluejays the victory. Snyder slipped past Biehn in the first set 7-5 before doubling up her opponent in the second stanza, 6-3.
Three singles matches went the distance with three-set decisions. CU sophomore Jennie Hartjes claimed the first three-set win. At No. 1 singles, Hartjes beat Petsis 6-2 in the first before falling in extra games at 7-5 in the second stanza. In the deciding set Hartjes rolled to a 6-1 win to claim the Jays' final point.
North Dakota claimed the final two matches of the evening. CU's Noonan took the opening set from Sween 6-3 on court four. The UND player fought back with a 6-3 win in set two and finished off the match with a 7-5 victory in the final set to make the score 5-1.
UND's Stejskal also claimed a three-set win at 7-5 in the third over Anderson. The visitor won the first set 6-4 before CU's Anderson evened the match in the second stanza 7-5.
Creighton continues a three-match home stand with its first conference match of the season on Sunday. The Bluejays host Missouri Valley Conference foe Illinois State at 11 a.m. on the Hanscom Tennis Center courts.
North Dakota vs. Creighton
Feb 16, 2013 at Omaha, Neb.
(Hanscom Tennis Center)
Creighton 5, North Dakota 2
1. Jennie Hartjes (CU) def. Stephanie Petsis (UND) 6-2, 5-7, 6-1
2. Analese Snyder (CU) def. Stephanie Biehn (UND) 7-5, 6-3
3. Anna Kirshenbaum (CU) def. Callie Ronkowski (UND) 6-4, 6-0
4. Megan Sween (UND) def. Amanda Noonan (CU) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
5. Sarah Stejskal (UND) def. Sam Anderson (CU) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
6. Taylor Koehrsen (CU) def. Shaylin Prout (UND) 6-0, 6-4
Order of finish: 6, 3, 2*, 1, 5, 4
1. Kirshenbaum/Anderson (CU) vs. Biehn/Petsis (UND) 6-3, unfinished
2. Hartjes/Karlin Naslund (CU) def. Ronkowski/Stejskal (UND) 8-1
3. Snyder/Noonan (CU) def. Sween/Prout (UND) 8-2
Order of finish: 2, 3