The tennis team hosted its first tournament of the season Friday and Saturday at the Edwardsville Y Meyer Center, managing to bring out a few wins after they closed out last season with a 0-20 overall record.
In doubles play, the team finished 4-2 overall, with No. 1 pair junior Lara Tupper and senior Ann-Christine Link winning both their matches. Tupper and Link beat out Western Illinois’ No. 1 team 6-2 and Eastern Illinois’ 6-1.
SIUE went 8-9 overall in singles matches. Cougars’ No. 1 singles player senior Alina Munteanu won one of her three matches, pulling out a 6-3, 6-2 victory in her match against Western Illinois but lost to Eastern Illinois 0-6, 1-6.
No. 2 doubles pair Munteanu and senior Raillane Kamdem went 0-2, falling to Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois. At No. 3 doubles, freshman Maria Thibault and redshirt sophomore Callaghan Adams won both of their matches, beating out Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois.
Tupper, the Cougars’ No. 2 singles player, won two of her three matches against Saint Louis and Western Illinois but fell to Eastern Illinois.
This tournament featured the SIUE debut of Munteanu, of Bacau, Romania, Thibault, of Peachtree, Georgia, and redshirt freshman Janvi Patel, of Ahemedabad, India.
This turnaround in performance comes after the Cougars were unable to win a single meet over the course of the 2017-2018 season.
The Cougars brought on Adam Albertsen this season as head coach after previous Head Coach Nick Mueller stepped down from the position at the end of the unsuccessful 2018 spring season after two back-to-back conference titles in 2016 and 2017.