Tennis goes to TU for season opening scrimmages
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Tennis goes to TU for season opening scrimmages

Published 01/25/18

Dustin Teenor

TNE Writer

Last weekend, the RiverHawks tennis team went to the University of Tulsa Invitational where they played two Division I opponents.

During Saturday’s scrimmages the team played doubles and singles against the University of Wyoming. In singles action, Molly Worden, Fishbourne, Chichster, England senior, was defeated in straight sets 6-3, 6-0 by Tessa van Der Ploeg,University of Wyoming junior. Betka Gombarova, Bratislava, Slovakia sophomore, was also defeated in a 6-3, 6-0 match up against Elisa Koonik, University of Wyoming junior. Tatjana Stoll, Heidelberg, Germany sophomore, won a tough three-set match against Magdalena Stencel, University of Wyoming senior, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5. While Chantal Nosievici, Cologne, Germany freshman, lost to Milka Genkova , University of Wyoming sophomore, in three sets 6-1, 4-6, 6-2.

Karla Tomaic, Kuntina, Croatia junior, came out on top with a win against Myiah Scott, University of Wyoming freshman, in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. In the RiverHawks doubles match up, Stoll and Worden lost 6-4 to Koonik and van Der Ploeg. While Tomaic and Mayra Jovic, West Hills, Calif., junior, defeated Genkova and Stencel 6-4.

“Playing at TU last weekend was a very good start into the season,” said Stoll. “We were playing only against Division I teams and there were some good matches. It really helped us to see where we are standing as a team and what we still have to work on.”

 Sunday, the women had an impressive outing, winning every match up against Oral Roberts University. In doubles, Stoll and Worden won 7-6, Jovic and Tomaic won 6-3 and Easton Parker, Bixby senior, and Nosievici won 6-3.

“My expectations for singles and doubles is high,” said Parker. “Our singles line up gets better and better each year I have been here. This year is the most depth in the lineup I have seen since being here. Our doubles in my eyes seems pretty hard to crack. Coach Parker is one of the best coaches for doubles and is fairly confident with all our doubles lineups.”

The women won all six of their single matchups Sunday with Stoll, Jovic, Nosievici and Tomaic winning in straight sets. Gombarova and Worden won after three sets of action. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, Division II rankings came out and NSU was placed No. 16 in the nation as a team. NSU has been ranked in the top 20 for 142 straight weeks.

Jon Parker, NSU tennis head coach, picked up an addition to the roster in November. Nosivevici won the 2017 Helix Cup Yonex Junior Tour with a national ranking of 500 and better. Parker saw Nosivevici in July at a showcase in Germany with around 70-80 players from eight different countries. He watched the showcase with around 20 other coaches from the United States.

“I had actually been in contact with 15 universities,” said Nosivevici. “I chose NSU because of Coach Parker. Honestly, we didn’t talk at the showcase, he only watched me play. He emailed me, and he really made a good impression.”

The RiverHawks women’s tennis team will play at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 2 in San Antonio against No. 8 St. Mary’s for the first official game of the spring season.

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