No. 10 Northeastern State’s MIAA win streak continues

NSU Sports
Don Vieth, Director of Athletics Communications

TAHLEQUAH – For the second day in a row the No. 10 RiverHawks showed plenty of muscle in doubles play and swept all three courts to set the table for a 6-3 win over No. 11 Southwest Baptist on Sunday.

The win was their fifth in a row and 33rd straight in MIAA regular season play.

Northeastern State swept doubles eight times this season with the tightest battle coming on court-1 with Val Efimenko and Molly Worden needing a tiebreaker to win 9-8 (7-5).

Southwest Baptist (9-2, 2-1 MIAA) split singles play with the RiverHawks by winning on the first two courts and on court-4.  The best action of the day came on court-3 with Caitlin McCullough.  Despite the match being clinched toward the RiverHawks with a fifth point, McCullough split two tiebreakers for the win and remained perfect with six overall victories this week.

The RiverHawks are now 10-5 overall and 4-0 in the MIAA, they will return to the courts on March 25 to host Central Oklahoma.

No. 10 Northeastern State 6, No. 11 Southwest Baptist 3
Mar 19, 2017 at Tahlequah, Okla. (NSU Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. No. 46 Lara Soares (SBU) def. No. 35 Molly Worden (NSU) 6-4, 7-5
2. Lani Tuemmers (SBU) def. Val Efimenko (NSU) 6-4, 7-5
3. Caitlin McCullough (NSU) def. Lucia Diaz (SBU) 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2)
4. Klara Vickov (SBU) def. Easton Parker (NSU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Karla Tomaic (NSU) def. Sara Brown (SBU) 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-2
6. Betka Gombarova (NSU) def. Beatrix Federer (SBU) 6-0, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. No. 4 Val Efimenko/Molly Worden (NSU) def. Lara Soares/Lani Tuemmers (SBU) 9-8 (7-5)
2. Caitlin McCullough/Easton Parker (NSU) def. Lucia Diaz/Klara Vickov (SBU) 8-3
3. Karla Tomaic/Betka Gombarova (NSU) def. Sara Brown/Beatrix Federer (SBU) 8-2

Match Notes
Southwest Baptist 9-2, 2-1 MIAA; National ranking No. 11; Regional ranking No. 1
Northeastern State 10-5, 4-0 MIAA; National ranking No. 10; Regional ranking No. 3

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