May 2, 2009
Northwest Falls in Battle of Conference Champions
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State (16-5) took a 2-1 lead after the doubles round but suffered losses in all six singles matches in a 7-2 loss to No. 26 Drury (20-4) today at Frank Grube Courts. It was a battle of two conference champions as Northwest won the MIAA and Drury won the Great Lakes Valley Conference last weekend.
Lisa Pendrak and Ericka Leston improved their win streak at No. 2 doubles to six matches with a 8-4 win against Drury's Khrystsina Tryboi and Alba Passanisi. Allison Wulff and Lina Gomez also improved their win streak at No. 3 doubles with an 8-6 win.
Leston won her 37th straight singles set of the season with a 6-3 win to open up the No. 5 singles match with Anna Lustig. But Lustig flipped the score to even the set at 1-1 and took the third set 10-8 to hand Leston her first singles loss of the spring season.
Pendrak dueled with Tryboi again at No. 2 singles and was able to force a third set with a 6-4 victory in the second set. But Tryboi kept the Panthers perfect in the singles round with a 6-3 win in the third set to claim the No. 2 match.
It was the final tuneup for the women's tennis team before heading to San Marcos, Texas, for the NCAA South Central Regional Thursday. The Bearcats face No. 3 seed Northeastern State at noon.
It was also the first return for alum's Jarrod Smith, who was a four-year player for the Bearcats but is now the head coach for Drury. Smith was a six-time MIAA individual champion and earned All-MIAA honors in his senior season before serving as a graduate assistant under Head Coach Mark Rosewell for two seasons.
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