Two Illinois State freshmen claimed tennis singles titles Sunday at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship hosted by ISU at Adelaide Street Tennis Courts.

Gabriella Phillips won the Flight 5 singles with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Evansville’s Pin Sorensen, and Heather Nisbet claimed the Flight 7 singles title with a 6-4, 6-1 over her twin sister Ashton Nisbet of ISU.

Two Redbirds lost championship matches, including junior Aniko Kiss three-set loss to Raphaela Zotter of Wichita State, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, in Flight 1 singles and Stefanie Youngberg falling to Evansville’s Carolyn Caire, 6-2, 6-2, in Flight 6.

“The tournament was bittersweet,” ISU coach Chris Hoover said. “We lost some disappointing matches. Aniko was in charge for most of her match, and she let it get away from her, but I am extremely proud of our freshmen. Gabby and Heather really stepped it up and brought it home for us. Two years ago we came out of this tournament winning no titles, and to have a team as young as ours win two titles, there is only room for improvement.”

Soccer draws to scoreless tie: The Illinois State soccer team played to a 0-0 draw against Missouri State on Sunday at Adelaide Street Field.

ISU’s record moves to 5-6-1 overall and 1-1-1 in the Valley, while the Bears go to 8-4-2 and 2-0-1 in the conference.

For the second straight game, the Redbirds outshot their opponent by a double-digit margin (26-5), but could not find the back of the net. ISU owned a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks.


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