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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

April 21, 2007

Men Advance to MIAA Title Match; Women Capture Fifth in MIAA Tennis Tournament

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - ( Men W 5-0 vs. TSU) ( Women L 5-4 vs. TSU) ( Women W 5-1 vs. MWSU) ( Women W 5-1 vs. FHSU) The No. 35 Northwest Missouri men's tennis team advanced to its third straight MIAA Championship match with a 5-0 shutout of Truman State in the semifinals today in at the Noyes Tennis Complex in St. Joseph, Mo. The women finished fifth in a 5-1 victory over MIAA-newcomer Fort Hays State.

The No. 1-seeded men enter the title match with a 13-5 record while the Ichabods sport a 15-2 record and the No. 3 seed. The women await word on NCAA Regional action with a 13-7 record.

Freshman Veronica Castilla and sophomore Jordan Lipira won their ninth straight match at No. 2 doubles in a 8-3 decision over Jennifer Salmon and Hannah Witmer to help push the Bearcats to a 2-1 advantage over Truman State after doubles action in the opening round. Sophomore Emily Lindsay dropped the No. 1 singles match to Salmon, forcing tiebreakers in each 7-6 set. Castilla and Lipira provided the only points in singles action at No. 4 and No. 5 singles, respectively, bringing the match down to 4-4 tie leading into No. 6 singles. Freshman Lisa Pendrak dropped the first set and won the second to force a third, but couldn't pull off the win over Duyen Van in a 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 loss.

Castilla and Lipira continued their winning at No. 2 doubles in won of two 8-2 victories for the Bearcats in doubles against Missouri Western in the consolation bracket. Northwest swept the first three singles matches in straight sets to advance to the fifth-place match in a 5-1 victory over Missouri Western.

Sophomores Lina Gomez and Emily Lindsay provided the quickest win in doubles with a 8-2 win at the No. 3 position over MaryKate McKee and Kris Marten of Fort Hays State in the fifth-place match. The Bearcats swept No. 4-6 singles in straight sets, including four by 6-0 margins, to defeat Fort Hays State 5-1.

The Northwest men swept doubles action for the first time since March 28 to open play in the semifinals against Truman State. Junior Lucas Ariboni and freshman Felipe Gennari won by the largest margin in a 8-1 victory over Steven Hipkiss and Cody Pusateri at No. 3 doubles. The Bearcats only needed two singles victories to advanced, and found them in No. 3 singles with senior Chris Smith and No. 4 singles with Gennari.

Play continues on April 22 at the Noyes Complex beginning with the men's championship and third-place matches at 9 a.m. The women's championship, third-place and seventh-place matches will begin at 11 a.m. In the event that weather forces action to be moved to the St. Joseph Tennis & Swim Club, only the championship matches will be played.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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