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ORU Edges Western Illinois 4-3

ORU Edges Western Illinois 4-3

The Basics
Match 1: Oral Roberts 4 – Western Illinois 3
Records: Oral Roberts (10-10); Western Illinois (4-11)
Location: Galesburg, Ill. – Lakeside Recreation Facility 

The Short Story: The Oral Roberts women's tennis team held off Western Illinois Sunday for an exciting 4-3 victory in Summit League action.

Brenda Mercado helped pace ORU with her second straight singles win at the No. 4 position. The win was also a team-best 10th victory on the year. She also joined Petya Simeonova and Valentina Gisbert to improve to 2-1 in Summit League singles this season.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to an early lead taking No. 1 and No.3 doubles to help secure what would prove to be the deciding point. Jovana Antonijevic and Simeonova earned a 6-2 win while Mercado and Gisbert picked up a 6-0 victory.

Up Next: The Golden Eagles will close out their road trip Monday with a morning match against Chicago State. Action is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

The Results 

Oral Roberts 4, Western Illinois 3
Singles competition
1. Courtney Lubbers (WIU-W) def. Jovana Antonijevic (ORU) 6-7, 6-4, 6-3
2. Maria Bessmertnaya (WIU-W) def. Ceijenia Cornelius (ORU) 7-6, 1-6, 6-2
3. Petya Simeonova (ORU) def. Arianna Demos (WIU-W) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
4. Brenda Mercado Jove (ORU) def. Nicole Jones (WIU-W) 6-1, 6-4
5. Jenna Wallace (WIU-W) def. Ximena Puentes (ORU) 6-4, 6-4
6. Valentina Gisbert (ORU) def. Maya Sykes (WIU-W) 6-0, 6-0 

Doubles competition
1. Jovana Antonijevic/Petya Simeonova (ORU) def. Courtney Lubbers/Maria Bessmertnaya (WIU
W) 6-2
2. Arianna Demos/Nicole Jones (WIU-W) def. Ceijenia Cornelius/Ximena Puentes (ORU) 7-6
3. Brenda Mercado Jove/Valentina Gisbert (ORU) def. Jenna Wallace/Maya Sykes (WIU-W) 6-0 

Match Notes
Oral Roberts 10-10
Western Illinois 4-11 

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