The dual started off closely contested as two of the three doubles matches needed a tie breaker to decide a victor. In the No. 3 doubles UND’s Mikaela Bennett and Lacey Sprinkel defeated Michelle Warwick and Ashley Tanner, 8-3. Unfortunately, UND was drew the short straw for the two remaining doubles matches, as Weber State took the doubles point to start the dual, 1-0.
With the close losses to Weber State, UND didn’t get down on itself and rallied to dominate singles play.
Playing No. 3 singles, Sprinkel crushed her opponent, winning in two sets without losing a single game. Both Bennett, No. 6 singles, and Lee, No. 5 singles, won their matches in two sets, giving UND a 3-1 lead in the dual.
Current Big Sky women’s tennis Player of the Week, Callie Ronkowski extended her winning streak at No. 2 singles, downing WSU’s Kristi Elmer in two sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Ronkowski’s win gave UND the deciding point to secure UND’s second win of the season.
Finishing out singles action, both Biehn, No. 4 singles, and Petsis (No. 1 singles) dropped their first sets, but rebounded to win in three sets.
North Dakota returns to the court on Friday, Feb. 21, hosting Idaho State at 1 p.m. The dual will be held concurrently with the men’s dual at Choice Health and Fitness.
1. PETSIS, Stephanie (UND) def. BACHANEK, Agata (WSU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
2. RONKOWSKI, Callie (UND) def. ELMER, Kristi (WSU) 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
3. SPRINKEL, Lacey (UND) def. TANNER, Ashley (WSU) 6-0, 6-0
4. BIEHN, Stephanie (UND) def. KURER, Thais (WSU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
5. LEE, Faith (UND) def. PHONHARATH, Nittaya (WSU) 7-5, 6-2
6. BENNETT, Mikaela (UND) def. KARLSEN, Annika (WSU) 6-4, 6-2
1. BACHANEK, Agata/ELMER, Kristi (WSU) def. PETSIS, Stephanie/BIEHN, Stephanie (UND) 8-7 (7-4)
2. PHONHARATH, Nittaya/KURER, Thais (WSU) def. RONKOWSKI, Callie/LEE, Faith (UND) 8-7 (8-6)
3. BENNETT, Mikaela/SPRINKEL, Lacey (UND) def. WARWICK, Michelle/TANNER, Ashley (WSU) 8-3
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1)