PORTLAND, Ore. - The University of North Dakota women's defeated Portland State 4-3 in a close dual on Sunday afternoon at Club Green Meadows.
Preethi Kasilingam stayed hot and her teammates helped as they picked up a much needed team win today in Portland. In doubles play UND started out strong to win two of the three and clinch the first point on the day. North Dakota got a pair of wins from No. 2 pair Preethi Kasilingam and Isa Sullivan defeated their opponents 6-3; they went undefeated on the weekend in doubles. While No. 3 pair Zahra Finnigan and Masha Lobanova topped Portland 7-5.
In singles play, the Fighting Hawks won No. 4, No. 5, and No. 6 matches to pick up three more points to get the team win. Preethi Kasilingam did Preethi Kasilingam things and defeated Gerda Upeniece 6-2, 6-1 to stay undefeated on the weekend.
Zahra Finnigan and Jaylee Yasunaga also picked up wins in singles play to help UND with the win. Finnigan, who has played strong this season defeated Taylor Rees 6-3, 6-1, while Yasunaga got her second consecutive collegiate win against Ashley Knecht 6-1, 6-1.
After a much needed win, the lady Fighting Hawks will get back into action Friday, March 11 against Big Sky Conference opponent Portland State in Portland, Ore. at noon.
North Dakota 4, Portland State 3
- PERI, Siena (PSU) def. Palumbo, Carmen (UND) 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2
- ZADOR, Eszter (PSU) def. Hartnett, Elly (UND) 6-4, 6-3
- 3. VALK, Alli (PSU) def. Sullivan, Isa (UND) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
- 4. Kasilingam, Preethi (UND) def. UPENIECE, Gerda (PSU) 6-2, 6-1
- 5. Finnigan, Zahra (UND) def. REES, Taylor (PSU) 6-3, 6-1
- 6. Yasunaga, Jaylee (UND) def. KNECHT, Ashley (PSU) 6-1, 6-1
1. PERI, Siena/ZADOR, Eszter (PSU) def. Palumbo, Carmen/Hartnett, Elly (UND) 6-4
2. Sullivan, Isa/Kasilingam, Preethi (UND) def. VALK, Alli/REES, Taylor (PSU) 6-3
3. Finnigan, Zahra/Lobanova, Masha (UND) def. UPENIECE, Gerda/KNECHT, Ashley (PSU) 7-5