Women’s Tennis Continues Winning Ways With 4-1 Home Victory Over Missouri State

OMAHA, Neb. — The Creighton women’s tennis team continued its winning streak with a 4-1 victory over Missouri State during the Bluejays’ 2021 home opener on Sunday morning at the Hanscom Tennis Center.

Creighton moved its season record to 3-0 with its 10th consecutive match victory dating back to last season. The Bears fell to 1-2. 

The Bluejays have also won seven consecutive matches at the Hanscom Indoor Tennis Center after going 6-0 at home during a shortened 2020 season. 

Creighton earned the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions. Emma Gener and Malvika Shukla combined for a 6-0 win at No. 3 before Kate Krueger and Sarah Wilcox sealed the first point with a 6-2 win at the top slot. Shukla’s doubles wins marked the first victory of her career as a Bluejay.

Krueger and Wilcox extended Creighton’s overall edge to 3-0 with straight-sets wins at the top two singles positions. Krueger won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 and Wilcox finished with a 6-2, 6-4 win at the second slot.

The remaining four singles matches each went three sets. Missouri State picked up a point with a win at the No. 4 position, but Creighton clinched the contest with a three-set win at No. 3. Gener won the opening set 6-2 but dropped a 6-4 decision in the second. The Bluejay sophomore responded with a 6-2 win during the deciding set to help Creighton pick up its third win of the year.

“We competed well today and worked hard for points,” head coach Tom Lilly said. “The doubles point turned out to be a big one as we were really scrambling to find the final point after Kate and Sarah got us to three points. Our depth is something we feel very good about but it was lacking a bit in singles today and Missouri State played well to be right there at the end. We will get back to work tomorrow and continue to improve.”

Creighton returns to action on Feb. 20 for a home match against Wyoming. First serve between the Bluejays and Cowgirls is scheduled for 6 p.m. 

Creighton 4, Missouri State 1

2/7/2021 at Omaha, NE (Hanscom Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Kate Krueger (CU) def. Alye Darter (MSU) 6-1, 6-0
2. Sarah Wilcox (CU) def. Ellie Burger (MSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Emma Gener (CU) def. Taylor Shaw (MSU) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
4. Tiffani Nash (MSU) def. Alex Centra (CU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
5. Joanna Nowakowska (CU) vs. Alyson Piskulic (MSU) 3-6, 6-2, 4-3, unfinished
6. Malvika Shukla (CU) vs. Claire Martin (MSU) 6-3, 4-6, 4-4, unfinished

Match Notes
Missouri State 1-2
Creighton 3-0
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,2,4,3)

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