ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- The Illinois State women’s tennis team ended its spring season with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded Wichita State in the championship match of the 2011 Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the Dwight Davis Tennis Center in St. Louis, Mo.

The Redbirds finished with a 9-13 overall dual match record after upsetting No. 3 seed Drake, 4-3, and No. 2 seed Northern Iowa, 4-2, in the tourney quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively.

“Sunday was tough,” said head coach Chris Hoover. “We never really got our teeth in it. We had to make a few lineup changes and we just kind of got the wind knocked out of us and never really got started. Overall I’m proud of what we did this weekend.”

Hannah Esker ended the hard-fought tournament on a high note by receiving the Elite 18 Award. This award is given by the Missouri Valley Conference to the student-athlete with the highest achievement in athletics and academics in women’s tennis. One athlete from each championship of all 18 sports receives this award.

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP

At St. Louis

WICHITA STATE 4, ILLINOIS STATE 0

SINGLES

Budiharto (W) def. Kiss, 6-2, 6-3; Zotter (W) def. Tigges, 6-4, 3-0, unfinished; Blaskova (W) def. Abello 6-0, 3-2, unfinished; Damaschin (W) def. Esker, 6-2, 6-2; Venticinque (W) def. Youngberg, 6-1, 6-2; Blasco-Fernan (W) def. Nisbet, 6-2, 3-2, unfinished.

DOUBLES

Blaskova—Blasco-Fernan (W) def. Kiss-Tigges, 7-2, unfinished; Zotter-Budiharto (W) def. Esker-Maack, 8-0; Damaschin-Venticinque (W) def. Nisbet-Abello, 8-3.

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