MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- The University of Northern Iowa women’s tennis team fell to the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers earned victories in all three doubles matches of the day but only took home one win in singles play.
The team of Cassandra Dix and Krissy Lankelma posted an 8-2 victory in the #1 doubles match over Lexi Brand and Nayara Moraes (MTSU). The duo of Jessica Kunzelmann and Nina Pfahler (UNI) followed up in the #2 doubles match with an 8-7 victory over Middle Tennesee State’s Marietta Bigus and Yuiri Nomoto. The Panthers completed the sweep in the doubles matches when Stefannia Sampaio and Chelsea Moore (UNI) scored an 8-5 victory in the #3 doubles match over Alex Dachos and Flavia Nagayama.
In the #1 singles match UNI’s Nina Pfahler was defeated 2-6, 5-7 by Middle Tennessee State’s Yuiri Nomoto. The #2 singles match went to three sets before Cassandra Dix was defeated by Lexi Brand of Middle Tennessee State, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6. Jessica Kunzelmann of UNI remains one win shy of the all-time career singles win list as she was defeated by Flavia Nagayama in the #3 singles match, 3-6, 2-6. The #4 singles match went back and forth before Nayara Moraes of Middle Tennessee State escaped with the victory over UNI’s Chelsea Moore, 7-6, 7-5. UNI’s Krissy Lankelma was defeated in the #5 singles match by Marietta Bigus, 2-6, 5-7. The #6 singles match featured the lone UNI victory in singles play on the afternoon as UNI’s Stefannia Sampaio defeated Taylor Coffey, 6-2, 6-0.
1) Cassandra Dix/Krissy Lankelma UNI def. Lexi Brand/Nayara Moraes MTSU 8-2
2) Jessica Kunzelmann/Nina Pfahler UNI def. Marietta Bigus/Yuiri Nomoto MTSU 8-7
3) Stefannia Sampaio/Chelsea Moore UNI def. Alex Dachos/Flavia Nagayama MTSU 8-5
1) Yuiri Nomoto MTSU def. Nina Pfahler UNI 6-2, 7-5
2) Lexi Brand MTSU def. Cassandra Dix UNI 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
3) Flavia Nagayama MTSU def. Jessica Kunzelmann UNI 6-3, 6-2
4) Nayara Moraes MTSU def. Chelsea Moore UNI 7-6, 7-5
5) Marietta Bigus MTSU def. Krissy Lankelma UNI 6-2, 7-5
6) Stefannia Sampaio UNI def. Taylor Coffey MTSU 6-2, 6-0