RIVER FOREST, Ill. - The Rockford University women's tennis team played its best tennis so far this season on Saturday. The Regents opened with a dual meet against Concordia University Chicago and concluded their day against Benedictine University. Rockford just missed winning its first dual meet of the season against Concordia Chicago falling 5-4 and then lost the afternoon meet 7-2 to Benedictine.
The Regents began their day against the Concordia University Chicago Cougars winning three singles matches and one doubles match. Junior Carla Ramirez (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) won her singles match in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. Ramirez and her doubles partner Shannon Hoppes (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Jefferson) won a hotly contested match. The two battled with their opponents and eventually came out on top with a 8-6 victory. Angela Martinez (Rockford, Ill./Keith County Day) also played one of her best matches of the year out of the #2 singles position. Martinez rolled through her match winning 6-2, 6-1. The final victory of the morning came courtesy of Tanja Valentic (Rockford, Ill./Guilford). Valentic cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 win. Rockford was very close to winning the dual meet as the Regents were leading 6-5 in the #1 doubles match. However, the Cougars were able to win the final three games of the match to win by a score of 8-5 and consequently win the meet 5-4.
After the difficult loss in the morning the Regents had to regroup quickly to face the Benedictine University Eagles. It was once again Carla Ramirez who stole the show for Rockford winning both of her matches to complete her perfect 4-0 day. Ramirez cruised through her singles match winning in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. In doubles it was Ramirez and Hoppes who accounted for Rockford's only doubles win of the afternoon defeating their opponents 8-6. Hoppes also had a perfect day for the Regents going 2-0 in doubles action.
The women's tennis team wraps up the home portion of its schedule on Tuesday, September 24th against Edgewood College. The dual meet is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.