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Panthers roll past Norse to open weekend slate

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KY – The Milwaukee women’s tennis team dominated doubles and then parlayed that momentum into singles after a rough start in earning a 5-2 victory over Northern Kentucky Saturday afternoon at Five Seasons Sports Club.

“We came out strong in doubles with great energy,” head coach Mark Goudin said. “NKU then reset and came up with an answer in singles, winning the first set on courts one through four. We didn’t get on ourselves after losing the first sets 1-4, but we fought even harder.”

Sara Simonova And Laure Razet defeated Angela Rinaldi and Didi Steenhuis at No. 2 doubles, 6-1. Iva Stejskalova And Emilia Durska then followed suit, setting up Ashlee Fisk and Catharina Cardosa at No. 3 with the same 6-1 scoreline, giving the Panthers (5-11, 2-3 Horizon League) a fast start against the Norwegian (5-10, 2 -3 Horizon competition).

After NKU tried to turn the tide, Milwaukee picked up two quick points on the other two courts Emilia Durska beat Catharina Cardosa at number 5 by a final of 6-2, 6-1 and Evelina Anastasi taking care of business against Didi Steenhuis with a score of 6-1, 6-1 at number 6, making the score 3-0 overall.

Babette Burgersdijk lost a battle to No. 1 seed Ashlee Fisk, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), but played a key role that afternoon.

“Babs changed the momentum of the match for the team when she came back from a set down and 2-4 to win the second,” Goldin said. “She didn’t close out the third set, but she played a big role in bringing the momentum back to the Panthers.”

At number 2, Nadiia Konieva delivered an impressive 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 10-6 defeat of Darya Gneydina and Sara Simonova then recovered from her first set loss to earn the team victory after beating Mariajose Hernandez 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4.

“Our girls have been training on mental toughness all week and that paid off today,” Goldin said. “Nadiia fought off five match points in the second set to come back and win in the third and Sara came through with the decider after losing the first set 1-6. I am proud of the adjustments the girls have improved mentally compared to last weekend and I can’t wait to get back on track tomorrow.”

Milwaukee closes out the regular season on IUPUI Sunday, with a 10 a.m. CT start.

Milwaukee Panthers 5, Northern Kentucky 2
Singles competition

1. Ashlee Fisk (NKU) def. Babette Burgersdijk (MKE) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5)
2. Nadiia Konieva (MKE) final Darya Gneydina (NKU) 4-6, 7-6 (10-8), 10-6
3. Alyssa Cameron (NKU) def. Laure Razet (MKE) 6-4, 6-4
4. Sara Simonova (MKE) final Mariajose Hernández (NKU) 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
5. Emilia Durska (MKE) final Catharina Cardosa (NKU) 6-2, 6-1
6. Evelina Anastasi (MKE) final Didi Steenhuis (NKU) 6-1, 6-1
Doubles competition

1. Alyssa Cameron/Mariajose Hernandez (NKU) vs. Babette Burgersdijk/Nadiia Konieva (MKE) 4-4, incomplete
2. Sara Simonova/Laure Razet (MKE) final Angela Rinaldi/Didi Steenhuis (NKU) 6-1
3. Iva Stejskalova/Emilia Durska (MKE) final Ashlee Fisk/Catharina Cardosa (NKU) 6-1