Women's Tennis Responds with 6-1 Win Over South Dakota State

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OMAHA, Neb. - The Creighton women's tennis team got back on the winning path on Saturday night, defeating South Dakota State 6-1 at Hanscom Indoor Tennis Center.  The Bluejays improve to 2-2 on the season, evening out their record after a close, hard-fought loss at UMKC on Friday.

"I thought it was good of the women to bounce back the way they did today after the heartbreaker yesterday," head coach Tom Lilly said.  "I was very pleased with how hard the team played."

Creighton won all three doubles matches to start the match off 1-0 early.  Kelsey Schmidt and Mary McMullan teamed up to defeat Brooke Henry and Jenny Blackburne 8-6 in the No. 1 doubles.  Jennie Hartjes and Taylor Koehrsen improved to 3-1 on the spring, matching up with Megan McDougall and Bryna Nasenbeny at the No. 2 doubles, with Creighton pulling out the 8-4 victory.  In the final doubles match, Analese Snyder and Elizabeth Vermillion defeated Natalia Medina and Anna Botzet 8-2 at No. 3 doubles.

The Bluejays won five of the six singles points to claim the 6-1 overall victory.  Playing without Snyder in singles play, many members of the team played up a level.  Hartjes led things off with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Bryna Nasenbeny in the No. 1 singles before Schmidt downed Jenny Blackburne 6-2, 7-5 at the No. 2 singles.

McMullan earned the win at No. 3 singles with a straight-set 6-0, 6-1 win over Brooke Henry.  Capturing the lone point for the Jackrabbits, Megan McDougall defeated Vermillion 6-4, 6-4 at the No. 4 singles.

To round out the day, Koehrsen defeated Natalia Medina without dropping a set, 6-0, 6-0, at the No. 5 singles and Amanda Noonan defeated Bethany Goeden 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 6 singles.

The Bluejays will be back in action next weekend when they travel to Grand Forks, North Dakota for a pair of matches.  The Jays take on St. Cloud State on Saturday afternoon before playing host North Dakota on Sunday morning.

Notes: Taylor Koehrsen improved to 2-0 at the No. 5 singles, while Mary McMullan is also 2-0 at the No. 3 singles ... Koehrsen leads the Bluejays with 12 singles wins on the season, including competition last fall ... Three different Bluejays (Anna Kirshenbaum, Taylor Koehrsen and Mary McMullan) are each on a two-match winning streak ... Freshman Jennie Hartjes and Taylor Koehrsen are flawless when playing doubles together, sitting at 2-0 in the No. 2 doubles position.

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