WICHITA, Kan. - The No. 54-ranked Wichita State Shockers women's tennis team topped the University of Northern Iowa at the Sheldon Coleman Tennis Center, 7-0.
UNI (12-11 overall) completed its first Missouri Valley Conference regular season under head coach Daniel Finn with a mark of 2-4 in league action. Wichita State improved to 16-6 overall and 5-0 in the MVC.
The Shockers earned the dual point to begin the match by sweeping all three doubles matches. UNI's No. 1 doubles' pair of Jieke Stroobant and Erica Medlin lost an 8-4 decision to WSU's Lucia Kovalova and Veronika Blaskova.
UNI nearly won a pair of singles matches as freshman Astrid Santos lost a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 decision at No. 4 to Abby Stevens and UNI's No. 5 Krissy Lankelma came up short in a third-set tiebreaker to WSU's Montse B. Fernandez, 6-2, 5-7, 1-0 (10-4).
"You have to hand it to (Wichita State head coach) Colin Foster and the Shockers because they have it going on and have a really good team," UNI head coach Daniel Finn said. "We didn't play bad but we just lost our discipline in key moments. You can't afford those types of mistakes against Wichita State. They can turn a little mistake into a big one and make a run off it. Our ladies are still improving and getting better each day. We just need to rest up and be healthy heading into the MVC Tournament this upcoming week. We are definitely looking forward to the Valley championship and the opportunity it provides."
The 2014 MVC Tournament will take place April 25-27 in Normal, Ill., with Illinois State serving as the tourney host this year. Quarterfinal play will take place April 25. The semifinals will be held April 26. The MVC Championship will be April 27.