UNI women’s tennis opens season in Nebraska

UNI tennis vs. Creighton and University of Nebraska Omaha

  • 7 p.m. Jan 28 Creighton
  • Hanscom Tennis Courts | Omaha, Nebraska (against Creighton)
  • 1:30 p.m. January 29 University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Miracle Hill Tennis Center | Omaha, Nebraska (against UNO)

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – UNI women’s tennis opens the 2022 season against Creighton and University of Nebraska Omaha.

The first game is scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 28 against Creighton. UNI leads the series with Creighton, 9-3 and has held a perfect 6-0 record at home. Creighton won 7-0 in the teams’ last meeting in the 2017-18 season.

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The second game will also be played in Omaha, Nebraska, this time against UNO. The meeting is scheduled for January 29 at 1:30 PM. The final match-up was in favor of the Mavericks, 4-3, last season (2020-2021).

UNI is led by Darta Dalecka, a freshman from Latvia. Her fall singles record was 6-5 and the doubles record was 0-8, playing with multiple different partners. Dalecka took fifth place in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with flight No. 1 in singles. She also played the main draw in the ITAs among top teams. Dalecka made a huge comeback to win the first round but fell in the second round.

Last season, injuries plagued UNI’s top senior. Harry Proudfoot. UNI posted a 2-14 record, with a 1-5 home record. UNI lost four seniors upon graduation. UNI welcomes three newcomers who all bring international experience.

This year, the Panthers have added three players to the roster, two freshmen (Dalecka and Lorena Cardoso) and a sophomore. Cardoso is from Brazil and currently plays number 2 on the team. She won the Creighton Invite playing the D flight. Adrijana Brkic, from Serbia, currently plays in fourth position. Brikic played her first year with Sam Houston State, which won the Southland Conference.

head coach Chris Sagers is in his seventh year with UNI and has been given a contract extension that will carry him through the 2023 season. Lane Luhring returns as a volunteer assistant coach.

The Panthers were picked to finish seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference tennis poll for the season. Illinois State was the conference favorite for first place.

UNI Tennis plays its early season home events at the Black Hawk Tennis Club, an indoor facility in Waterloo, Iowa. Outdoor home games are played at the UNI Tennis Facility on campus.

MVC PRESEASON TENNIS COACHES POLL

  1. state of Illinois
  2. drake
  3. Bradley
  4. Valparaiso
  5. Missouri state
  6. Stony Brook
  7. UNI

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