Women's Tennis Splits on Opening Day of Competition
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Creighton women's tennis team opened play for the first time of the spring 2012 season on Saturday, finishing 1-1 from Minneapolis. Creighton opened the day with a 7-0 sweep of St. Thomas. The Bluejays won all six singles matches and swept through the three doubles matches as well. The Bluejays then fell to Minnesota in the final competition of the day, winning just the No. 3 doubles.
The Bluejays dropped just one set in doubles play, sweeping No. 2 and No. 3 doubles 8-0. Jennie Hartjes and Analese Snyder defeated Mary Allen and Kara Lefsrud at No. 1 doubles 8-1, before Kelsey Schmidt and Mary McMullan downed Brittany Alexander and Rachel Wright 8-0 in No. 2 doubles. Amanda Noonan and Elizabeth Vermillion finished the doubles parade with an 8-0 sweep of Claire Elkin and Kaitlyn Israel at No. 3 doubles.
Creighton was victorious in all six singles, finishing every singles match in straight sets. In No. 1 singles, Hartjes defeated Allen 6-0, 6-0, while Snyder downed Wright 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles.
No. 3 singles was dominated by Schmidt, who defeated Lefsrud 6-0, 6-2. McMullan owned the No. 4 singles, defeating Anna Wright 6-1, 6-2. In No. 5 singles, Vermillion defeated Alexander 6-1, 6-0 before Koehrsen defeated Odegaard 6-2, 6-0 in the No. 6 singles.
While Creighton fought hard and had a few close matches in the second competition of the day, Minnesota proved too much for the Jays and swept a 7-0 win.
The doubles were completed in order, as Alexa Palen and Tereza Brichacova defeated Hartjes and Snyder 8-2 at No. 1 doubles and Doran Muravnik and Natallia Pintusava defeated McMullan and Schmidt 8-4 at No. 2 doubles. Creighton's Noonan and Vermillion defeated Pauline Gilbert and Elianna Kantar 8-4 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, Minnesota's Yuliana Umanets defeated Hartjes 6-2, 6-0 to open play, followed by Julia Courter downing Snyder 6-1, 6-0 in No. 2 singles. The No. 5 singles finished next, as Emilie Renault defeated Creighton's Vermillion 6-1, 6-1.
Minnesota finished out the singles play, as Aria Lambert defeated McMullan 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles, Tereza Brichacova downed Schmidt 7-6 (4) 6-3 in the No. 3 singles, and Pauline Gilbert defeated Koehrsen 6-2, 4-6, 1-0(9).
Creighton will be in action again on Friday, Feb. 10, when they travel to UMKC for a match with the Kangaroos.