Tennis struggles in weekend series

The UND women’s tennis team lost both parts of its dual meet this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Fighting Hawks faced off against both the University of Nebraska-Omaha and Iowa State University on Saturday in a dual meet. They went up against UNO first at 10 a.m., and later in the day at 5 p.m., squared up against Iowa State.

UND has struggled out of the gate this season, starting with a 0-3 record. It also has yet to host a home meet.

Last season, the Fighting Hawks faced the UNO Mavericks only once, but dispatched them easily 4-0.

Two seasons ago was the last time UND has squared up against the ISU Cyclones. The Cyclones dominated the Fighting Hawks 7-0 at the time.

In the first part of the double header, the Fighting Hawks faced UNO and lost 5-2. The UNO Mavericks were tough in the singles competition, winning four of the six matches.

Lacey Sprinkel won her first No. 1 singles match of the season, beating Michelle Lo 6-2 and was winning 3-0 before Lo retired.

Also joining Sprinkel in the winner’s circle was Mimi Yunker. Yunker won her No. 3 singles match in two sets, beating UNO’s Molly Matricardi 6-3 and 6-3.

For the doubles portion of the meet, the Fighting Hawks won one of the three matches. Faith Lee and Preethi Kasilingam teamed up to down Molly Matricardi and Kylie Boyer in a convincing fashion, 6-2.

In the second half of the dual meet, the Fighting Hawks fell to the Iowa State Cyclones 4-1 in Des Moines Saturday evening.

ISU dominated the singles competition. It won all six of the matchups, but two of them went unfinished. Both Sprinkle and Kasilingam did not complete their matches.

While UND was unsuccessful with singles against ISU, it found success during the doubles. Yunker and Sprinkel won their No. 1 doubles match 6-3. Lee and Kasilingam won their No. 2 doubles match by the exact same score, 6-3.

On Feb. 5 in Sioux Falls, S.D., UND will play the University of Sioux Falls.

Adam Gunderman is a sports writer for The Dakota Student. He can be reached at [email protected]