PARK FOREST, Ill. -- Junior Carolina Yepez (Guayaquil, Ecuador) won at No. 3 singles, sophomore Anna Wachowski (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) picked up the victory at No. 5 singles and freshman Kelli Canul (Munster, Ind./Munster) was victorious at No. 6 singles, but it was not enough as the Prairie Stars defeated the Pride, 4-3, at Park Forest Tennis and Health Club, Saturday.
The Prairie Stars won all three matches at doubles competition to go ahead 1-0 in the match going into singles. Canul and Wachowski came up close at No. 3 doubles, but Maegan Flight and Steph Reynolds picked up the victory, 6-4.
Yepez defeated UIS’s Kaitlyn Thornhill at No. 3 singles in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2. Canul picked up the victory at No. 6 singles against UIS’s Kate Dumstorff, 6-3, 6-0.
Wachowski was victorious at No. 5 singles against Reynolds, 6-4, 6-2.
Freshman Patricia Dizon (Arlington Heights, Ill./St. Viator) won four matches in the first set and three in the second but UIS’s Kena Bere won the match, 6-4, 6-3. Sophomore Lena van Bergen (Wesel, Germany) picked up two games in the first set and four in the second but Flight came out on top, 6-2, 6-4.
PNW has a quick turnaround as the Pride travel to Hillsdale College to take on the Chargers Sunday, March 3 starting at noon CT.
Park Forest, Ill. (Park Forest Tennis and Health Club)
UIS 4, PNW 3
SINGLES -- 1. Flight, Maegan (UIS) def. Lena van Bergen (PNWWT) 6-2, 6-4; 2. Bere, Kena (UIS) def. Patricia Dizon (PNWWT) 6-4, 6-3; 3. Carolina Yepez (PNWWT) def. Thornhill, Kaitlyn (UIS) 6-1, 6-2; 4. Thenappan, Nethra (UIS) def. Cynthia Basu-Chavez (PNWWT) 6-1, 6-0; 5. Anna Wachowski (PNWWT) def. Reynolds, Steph (UIS) 6-4, 6-2; 6. Kelli Canul (PNWWT) def. Dumstorff, Kate (UIS) 6-3, 6-0.
DOUBLES -- 1. Nena Mokhasi/Ashley Long (UIS) def. van Bergen/Dizon (PNWWT) 6-1; 2. Bere/Thornhill (UIS) def. Yepez/Basu-Chavez (PNWWT) 6-0; 3. Flight/Reynolds (UIS) def. Canul/Wachowski (PNWWT) 6-4.