Women’s tennis opened up the spring season this past weekend going 2-1 in their first three contests.

The Jays first fell to Iowa State 4-1 in Des Moines, then went on to defeat Missouri State 5-2 and North Dakota in a 7-0 sweep in home matchups at Hanscom Tennis Center.

Sophomore Meredith Benson performed well all weekend. She was the only Bluejay to win her match against Iowa State, defeating Margarita Timakova 6-4, 6-0 at the No. 6 singles spot. Benson also notched two wins against North Dakota, partnering with junior Erin Epperson for a 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles and edging past Frida Soko at No. 6 singles with a score of 6-3, 5-7, 13-11.

During the fall season, Benson tied as a team leader in singles victories with a 6-1 record.

Benson wasn’t the only underclassmen to play against Iowa State. The Bluejays opened the spring season with all freshmen and sophomores at singles. Head coach Tom Lilly praised these players despite the loss.

“To have three sophomores and three freshmen as our singles starters today, they all handled the first match well,” he said.

On Saturday, Creighton returned to Omaha for its home opener against North Dakota. The Jays left Hanscom with a 7-0 sweep. Freshman Kate Krueger won her match at the No. 1 singles slot, and the two-time Nebraska high school state champion’s 7-5, 6-4 victory gave the Bluejays their fourth individual win of the day, sealing the dual.

“Overall we played a good match today,” Lilly said after the win. “I was proud of how we fought back and handled adversity in several spots.”

After the Missouri State win, Lilly spoke on the weekend as a whole, saying he was pleased with the effort displayed over three matches in as many days.

“To go 2-1 with three consecutive matches was tough, and I’m proud of our girls for a great physical and mental effort this weekend.”

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