GRAND FORKS, N.D. - The University of North Dakota women's tennis team fell short to South Dakota on Friday morning, losing to the Coyotes, 4-3.
In doubles competition UND started out strong and took the first two matches to clinch the doubles point both by a score of 6-4. The third match went unfinished.
South Dakota came back from the doubles losses with avengence, winning No. 1, No. 2, No. 4, and No. 6 singles matches. North Dakota's Isa Sullivan and Zahra Finnigan shined in the loss to the Coyotes. Sullivan defeated USD's Aly Habiba 6-0, 6-4 to clinch a point. While Finnigan topped Luana Stanciu 6-3 in both games to tally the Fighting Hawks other point on the day.
No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 singles all went into three games so the competition was not lacking.
The Fighting Hawks are hoping to get some success next week as they take on Big Sky Conference rival Weber State at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks on Friday, March 2.
South Dakota 4, North Dakota 3
1. Lazarevic,Jana (USD) def. Palumbo, Carmen (UND) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
2. Kollarova,Barbora (USD) def. Hartnett, Elly (UND) 2-6, 6-2, 6-1
3. Sullivan, Isa (UND) def. Aly,Habiba (USD) 6-0, 6-4
4. Bondarenko,Anastasia (USD) def. Kasilingam, Preethi (UND) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Finnigan, Zahra (UND) def. Stanciu,Luana (USD) 6-3, 6-3
6. Nylund,Nanette (USD) def. Yasunaga, Jaylee (UND) 7-5, 6-4