The Missouri State women’s tennis team went 1-1 over the weekend in their matches against North Dakota and Creighton, beating UND 4-3 and falling 5-2 to Creighton. 

MSU took control early against North Dakota, collecting four of the first five points. UND collected two points near the end, but the match was already in-hand for the Bears. 

Senior Alye Darter and junior Ellie Burger notched a 6-4 doubles score in the first spot. UND made it a close match by picking up the 6-3 win in the third match, but sophomore Anna Alons and freshman Alyson Piskulic finished off the Fighting Hawks with a 6-4 decision in the second match.

The singles started off similarly for the Bears. Darter and Alons picked up wins in the first and second matches, respectively.

Yet again, UND closed the gap, picking up a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the third contest. The rally was short-lived as Burger stopped the Fighting Hawks’ momentum with a 7-6, 6-2 win in the fourth match.

The same success did not transfer into the matchup against Creighton.

MSU dropped the opening doubles sets against the Bluejays by scores of 6-3 and 6-4. 

The Bears needed wins in the singles to keep the match close, but those wins went to Creighton’s expanding lead.

Piskulic posted a 6-3, 6-4 win in the sixth match to prevent the Bears from getting swept. She and Burger were the only Bears to collect wins against the Bluejays.

MSU’s next match will be in Columbia, Missouri, facing off against in-state opponent Mizzou on Friday, Jan. 31.

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