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April 8, 2013

Belejova leads NSU to victory on Senior Day

The No. 37-ranked Northeastern State women’s tennis team defeated Truman State University 9-0 Sunday morning at the NSU Tennis Complex.

The RiverHawks (18-2, 9-1 MIAA) swept the doubles point for the fifth-straight match and won all six singles courts for the 10th time this season. Truman State dropped to 4-6 overall and 1-6 in the MIAA.

“I was happy with our performance today,” NSU coach Amanda Stone said. “I’m very proud of Ivana (Belejova) staying tough through her singles match and going out with a win on Senior Day. She is a good leader and a great asset to the team. It’s nice to see her be successful.”

Belejova, the lone senior on the squad, earned two victories in her last home match. She teamed with freshman Kristina Savchenkov at No. 1 doubles to post an 8-3 win over Maggi Schutte and Kim Birenbaum. Belejova also defeated Schutte 6-0, 6-4 on the top singles court.

The junior team of Houda Bellamine and Jeanne Mallem kicked off the match with an 8-0 win over Jessica Gennuso and Savanah Everett at the second doubles position. Junior Martina Bruzikova and sophomore Barbora Jirickova also recorded an 8-0 win over Lauren Higgins and Kelsey Porter on the third court.

Bellamine earned the first decision in singles competition as she picked up a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Higgins on the fourth court. Bruzikova defeated Gennuso by the same score at the third position, and Savchenkov took down Birenbaum 6-0, 6-2 at the second flight.

Jirickova defeated Porter 6-4, 6-2 from the fifth spot in the order, and freshman Lucia Cerchlanova earned her second-career victory with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Holly Cantalupo on the sixth court.

Bruzikova has won 18-straight singles matches, and Jirickova upped her win streak to 10 in a row. Bellamine and Savchenkov also own nine-match win streaks.

Northeastern State will now travel to Wichita, Kan., for a 2 p.m. meeting Friday with Newman University.

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