March 17, 2011
Bearcats drop league opener
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Defending MIAA champion Northwest Missouri State dropped its league and home opener, 5-4, to Emporia State Thursday at the Frank Grube Courts. The Lady Hornets, 2-5 in the league a year ago, are 3-0 in the MIAA to begin 2011.
Emporia State (4-0) won two of three doubles matches and held its advantage by splitting six singles matches. All three Lady Hornet wins were by straight sets.
Northwest (1-3) got half its wins from sophomore Emily Hoffman who beat Alex Crowe 6-2, 6-4 at number five singles and paired with Alexis Bartek to beat Crowe and Talena Lorren, 8-3, at number two doubles. It's the first time Hoffman and Bartek have teamed together this season.
The Bearcats' top player, Erika Leston, got her first victory of the spring season, a three-set win against Nicole Jara at number one singles. Sureena Weir secured Northwest's fourth point with a three-set win against Lorren.
Northwest resumes MIAA play tomorrow with a dual against Fort Hays State in Hays, Kan.
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