ROCKFORD, Ill. - The women's tennis team played its final home weekend matches of the season on Saturday. Rockford opened with a morning dual meet against MSOE and followed with a dual meet against Concordia University Wisconsin. The Regents dropped both dual meets losing 8-1 to MSOE and 7-2 to Concordia Wisconsin.
Despite what the 8-1 score may indicate, the ladies continue to get better on the tennis court. Tanya Valentic (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) scored the lone individual victory in the morning for Rockford. Valentic was victorious in her singles match 8-1. Angela Martinez (Rockford, Ill./Keith County Day) and Ashley Keola (Rockford, Ill./Jefferson) each battled hard but were unable to come out on the winning end. Martinez nearly won the first set of her match playing out of her #1 singles spot but fell in straight sets instead 7-5, 6-1. Keola also continued to improve but fell short 6-2, 6-3. In doubles action it was the team of Carla Ramirez (Rockford, Ill./Guilford) and Tanya Valentic who narrowly missed winning in doubles action. The pair fell by a score of 8-5.
The afternoon matches against 7-1 Concordia Wisconsin were even tighter as Rockford managed to win two matches and were close in a few others. Junior Tanya Valentic played the most exciting match of the day. Valentic won the opening set of her match 6-4 and but then fell 6-3 in the second set to force a tiebreak to determine the winner. The junior came out hitting on all cylinders to win the tiebreak 10-7 and consequently the match. Sophomore Monica Parsons (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) was the other Regent to win her individual match. Parsons won her match with relative ease defeating her opponent in straight sets 6-2, 6-1. Angela Martinez and Carla Ramirez each put forth strong showings but came up short each falling 6-2, 6-4 in their matches.