GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Creighton women’s tennis head mentor Tom Lilly earned his 500th career victory on Saturday afternoon as the Bluejays squeaked past Air Power, 4-3, at the Option Well being & Fitness middle in Grand Forks, N.D.
Lilly, the all-time winningest coach in Creighton tennis background, grew to become just the fourth mentor in Creighton record to acquire 500 profession victories. He joins long time softball coaches Brent Vigness (819) and Mary Higgins (564), as nicely as head baseball mentor Ed Servais (618) as the only coaches to safe 500 wins at Creighton.
With the get, Creighton increases to 2- on the 12 months, though Air Power falls to -3 all round.
Sophomore Valerie Negin and freshman Ana Paula Martinez obtained doubles commenced with a fast 6-1 get at the No. 2 doubles posture, but Air Pressure answered with a 6-1 and 6-4 victory at the No. 1 and No. 3 places to generate the initially issue of the afternoon.
In singles play, senior Kate Krueger was forced to retire thanks to an personal injury, which gave the Falcons an early 2- benefit. That lead failed to very last very long as junior Malvika Shukla claimed a 6-4, 6-1 straight sets earn at the No. 3 singles posture and freshman Annika Elvestrom captured a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the No. 6 slot.
The Bluejays took the guide moments afterwards when graduate transfer Leanne Kendall attained a 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 gain at the No. 5 singles situation, providing Creighton a 3-2 benefit. Martinez then clinched the match at the No. 4 location, collecting a 6-1, 6-5, 6-1 victory over Air Force’s Andrea Le.
“Although we struggled in doubles once again nowadays, I beloved how difficult our staff competed,” mentioned Lilly. “We will want to target on our doubles in observe this subsequent week, but this was a really excellent get for the Jays. It was a challenging one particular losing Kate to an injury, but we know she will rehab and get back very shortly.”
Creighton returns to the court on Friday, February 3, when they travel throughout city to struggle Omaha. First provide among the Bluejays and Mavericks is timetable for 7:00 p.m. at the Wonder Hills Tennis Middle.
Creighton 4, Air Force 3
Jan 28, 2023 at Grand Forks, N.D. (Alternative Well being & Conditioning)
|1. Sydney Fitch (AF) def. Kate Krueger (CU) 4-6, 4-4, retired|
|2. Alexs Odom (AF) def. Valerie Negin (CU) 6-3, 6-7, 6-4|
|3. Malvika Shukla (CU) def. Isabella Flodin (AF) 6-4, 6-1|
|4. Ana Paula Martinez (CU) def. Abby Cotuna (AF) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1|
|5. Leanne Kendall (CU) def. Courtney Swift (AF) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3|
|6. Annika Elvestrom (CU) def. Andrea Le (AF) 6-3, 6-3|
|Air Pressure -3|