Bradley’s tennis drops two road weekend games – The Bradley Scout

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Nina Marjanovic prepares for a service. Photo by Josh Schwam/Bradley Athletics

Bradley’s tennis team saw their three-game winning streak come to an end last weekend, suffering road losses to 75th-ranked SIU Edwardsville on Feb. 25 and UMKC on Feb. 26.

Against undefeated SIUE, Bradley managed to save two points in a 4-2 loss. Junior duo Nikki Perlwitz and Bozana Lojpur won their doubles match, 6-3, and junior Nina Marjanovic took back-to-back wins (7-5, 6-0) over Cougars’ Amber Hochstatter to clinch a singles victory .

“[Hochstatter] is a very good player; she started really strong, so it took me a bit of time to figure things out,” Marjanovic said. “I feel like I’ve been playing a lot better lately in my college career. There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement, but I’ve improved a lot when it comes to game mentality and training.

The following day, the Braves traveled to Kansas City to face UMKC and came away with a 4-1 loss. However, Bradley’s top athletes in the SIU-Edwardsville game were just as effective against the Roos.

Marjanovic picked up another singles win (6-2, 6-1) while Perlwitz and Lojpur’s 6-1 doubles victory was rewarded with MVC Doubles Team of the Week. The Braves won the doubles team of the week for the third straight week, which is a program record.

“SIUE and UMKC are both good teams; I think we were there with both of them,” head coach Matt Tyler said. “The score doesn’t always necessarily reflect how close the game was, so I felt really good about the way they competed. Those two games could have gone our way, but it just didn’t go our way. produced this weekend.

The Team of the Week honor marks the fifth award Bradley has won this season, which ranks first in MVC of Illinois State’s four total awards.

“I like where we are,” Tyler said. “We’re not earning as much as I would like, but the non-conference season is all about getting ready for the Valley in a few weeks.”

The Braves’ next task is on March 5, when they travel to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to take on Southeastern Missouri State.

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