KEARNEY — Northwest Missouri State, ranked 30th in the NCAA Division II tennis rankings, won four singles matches in straight sets to down University Nebraska at Kearney, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon at Harmon Park.
With the regular season winding down, Northwest improves to (14-5, 5-3 MIAA) while the Lopers fall to (13-12, 2-6).
UNK senior Camryn Parnell and sophomore Claire Neil improved to 7-0 as a doubles pair after a 7-5 decision at No. 3. They were UNK’s lone doubles team to win.
Northwest clinched the match by starting 4-0 in singles. UNK closed the match with wins by sophomore Vasilisa Polunova and freshman Fidan Ibrahimovoa.
Polunova won a tough battle over Tania Tereuel (7-6, 6-4) in the top spot to improve to 13-9, while Ibrahimova outlasted 72nd-ranked Julia Aliseda in three sets (7-6, 3-6, 7-5) at No. 4. She now has a team-best 16 singles wins during the duals season.
UNK hosts Missouri Western at 1 p.m. Monday at Harmon Park.
Loper softball team sweeps doubleheader at Hastings
HASTINGS — Junior Erin Hallman picked up two saves and UNK batters belted six home runs to sweep a doubleheader with Hastings College, 12-2 and 8-6, Tuesday Hastings.
The Lopers improve to 14-18 while the NAIA Broncos fall to 10-6.
Hallman shook off a recent injury to throw 3 2/3 scoreless innings. She worked the final 1 2/3 innings in Game 1 and then tossed the final two innings of the second game. Hallman didn’t allow a hit while striking out two over 38 pitches.
Junior infielder Kaitlyn Johnson and sophomore outfielder Emma Osowski homered in each contest, their first two long balls of the season. Junior catcher/designated player Alexis Howe and freshman infielder Abbie Vodicka also hit home runs.
In Game 1, UNK scored eight runs in the sixth. The inning featured three-run home runs by Osowski and Howe.
Hastings used four consecutive singles to score once in the bottom of the fifth and make it a 4-2 ball game. Hallman came in and ended the rally by recording two outs.
Sophomore Sarah Handrahan picked up her sixth win by scattering nine hits and two walks over 4 1/3 innings.
Freshman righty Megan Blake worked out of several jams to win the second game. Hastings stranded 10 base runners as they left the bases loaded in the first and second innings. Blake (2-0) gave up four earned runs on 11 hits and three walks in five innings of work.
For UNK, Osowski had another three-run homer while Struebing, freshman catcher Avery Wood and redshirt freshman Chole Murphy had two hits apiece.
UNK heads to Washburn and Emporia State this Friday and Saturday.
UNK golfers fifth despite record low score
FORT SMITH, Ark. — The UNK women’s golf team shot a 54-hole score of 933 to place fifth at the Hardscrabble Invitational onTuesday afternoon in Fort Smith, Ark.
The two-day, nine-team tourney was [;aued at the par-70 Hardscrabble Golf Course and hosted by Arkansas-Fort Smith.
The Lopers had efforts of 316, 317 and 300 to beat four Division II foes. Nationally-ranked Texas A&M Commerce won (887) while the Arkansas-Fort Smith was the runner up (911).
The score of 300 on Tuesday breaks the school 18-hole record of 304, set two years ago in the UNK Invitational at Awarii Dunes. The Lopers haven’t played in many 54-hole events in their nearly 30-year history but the 933 is now the school record.
Senior Maaika Mestl led UNK with a 17-over par 227 (76-77-74), good for a seventh place tie. The score breaks the 54-hole individual record of 234, set by junior Brandi Lemek at regionals last year.