Southeast Missouri State tennis team records first win

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Southeast Missouri State women's tennis team notched its first win of the season Tuesday, beating Alabama State 7-0 in Montgomery, Ala.

Southeast, which improved to 1-6, lost a total of eight games.

Nikole Novikova and Elizabeth Nyenwe each earned their team-high third singles win of the season. Novikova (3-4) beat Amelie Buhl 6-0, 6-0 at the No. 1 spot, while Nyenwe (3-4) defeated Sheniece Rawlins 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2.

Ashton Hartley and Laura Garcia won their first singles matches of the year. Hartley downed Shameka Williams 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 and Garcia beat Renita Rhone 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4.

Lauren Schaper defeated Beoncia Dunn 6-4, 6-0 at No. 5 and NaJeana Henderson won by default at No. 6.

Southeast's top doubles tandem of Novikova and Nyenwe recorded its first win of the season, 8-1 over Rawlins and Buhl.

Hartley and Garcia, who also won their first doubles match, beat Williams and Dunn 8-1 at No. 2. Henderson and Schaper won by default at No. 3.

Southeast returns to action Saturday, hosting IPFW at 10 a.m.

Softball at home

The Southeast softball team will play its first home game today when SIU-Carbondale visits for a 3 p.m. start.

Southeast is 3-10 and SIU is 11-5. The Salukis have won 14 straight against the Redhawks and lead the all-time series 75-28-1.

Senior Carmen Fowler is off to a hot start for the Redhawks with a .400 batting average. She also leads the squad with 12 runs batted in.

Following today's contest, Southeast begins its Ohio Valley Conference schedule Saturday with a doubleheader at first-year OVC member SIU-Edwardsville. The squads will wrap up their three-game series Sunday.

Baseball canceled

Southeast's two-game baseball series at Arkansas-Little Rock was canceled due to heavy rain. The teams were supposed to play Tuesday and today.

The series will not be made up so the Redhawks will try to add two more games to their schedule this season.

Southeast (7-5) begins a three-game home series against North Dakota at 1 p.m. Friday.

-- From staff reports

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