GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com) – The Green Bay women’s tennis team (0-6) returned to its home court for the first time since Jan. 29 on Friday evening, falling to Chicago State, 4-3, at Western Racquet & Fitness Club.
“It was definitely a good match,” said head coach Daniel Bickett. “Just to get one of those matches where you have an opportunity to win it. The pressure definitely changes, and I think it was good experience for our girls.”
“I was really happy with the way we fought, especially in doubles,” Bickett said. “We’ve been doing a lot of preaching of making that extra ball, especially in back formations. We really did a great job of that tonight which helped get us the doubles point.”
In singles, Chicago State took four of the six matches to clinch the win, 4-2; however, the Phoenix did have a couple of impressive showings on the night. Headford battled against Chicago State’s Lorea Gamboa at No. 1 singles, coming away with her first win of the year, 6-4, 6-4, while Berg picked up her second victory at No. 3 in a tiebreak, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.
Although the team ultimately found itself on the losing end, Bickett said he is pleased with the progress his team is making.
“Olivia has been playing very well all season,” he said. “She has been competitive in a ton of matches, and it’s nice to see her get over the hump, especially at No. 1 singles. Every match at one is difficult no matter who you are playing, and it should bode well for her confidence moving forward.”
“Chiara is also playing really well. You could see as the match went on she felt more comfortable out on the court. The biggest thing for her has been getting more matches, and she’s made a lot of improvements over the school year.”
The Phoenix women will have a short turnaround as it travels to Illinois on Saturday morning for a two-day road swing at Northern Illinois (March 5) and Western Illinois (March 6). Both matches are scheduled to begin at noon in Rockford, Ill., and Galesburg, Ill., respectively.
3. Chiara Berg (GB) def. Marnie Perez-Ochoa (CSU) 6-4, 5-7, 10-5
5. Monica Pulgar (CSU) vs. Maria Neff (GB) 6-1, 6-1
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