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Women's Tennis - Sat, Feb. 25, 2017
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HANOVER PARK, Ill. - - - The women's tennis team ended their Fall season with a 5-5 record and have been preparing for the spring season for many months. Judson finally got back in action Friday night as they hosted Saint Francis (IN) and came out with a thrilling 5-4 win.


The Eagles started off with only one win in the doubles matches by Ellen Binnion (FR/Belleville, IL) and Lauren Saiki (JR/Mount Prospect, IL). This freshman and junior combination are proving to be a great mix on the court and have increased their level of play tremendously since the Fall. Binnion came to Judson as a top finisher in the IHSA State Finals and is definitely showing that she can step into the college arena of college tennis and compete. Saiki has been a three year starter for the team and has also shown an increased level of play with her hard work during practices and years of experience on the court. After taking a lead in the match, Binnion and Saiki started to allow their opponents to gain some ground before regrouping and closing out the match for the win. The No. 2 doubles of Irina Iacob (SO/Canada) and Michaela Pryde (FR/Melbourne, Australia), and No.3 doubles of Martha Banda (SO/Trilport, France) & Abby Jungles (JR/Freeport, IL) both had close matches, but were not able to secure the wins.


With the Eagles down 2-1 after the doubles, they knew they needed to step up their games and battle for the singles wins. After dropping her singles match at No.5 singles, Diana Romero (SO/Guayaquil, Ecuador) gave Saint Francis (IN) a 3-1 lead in the match score. At the same time, No.1 singles player Martha Banda was easily defeating her opponent to add another point for the Eagles. As the singles action started to wind down, the No. 2 singles Irina Iacob and No. 3 singles Lauren Saiki both easily defeated their opponents in straight sets adding two more points to the Eagles total. With two matches still on the court the 4-3 lead for the Eagles was slowly slipping away as No. 6 singles Abby Jungles lost a close match in a third set tie breaker, which tied the overall match at 4-4.


It came down to the last match with freshman Ellen Binnion at No. 4 singles. Binnion was on a roll from her doubles win and was covering the court extremely well and hitting the shots she needed to come back and force a third set tie-breaker. The team win was all in her hands. Binnion played some of the best tennis she has played this year and defeated her opponent for the singles win and team win over Saint Francis (IN).


Congrats go out to all the ladies for the exciting opener to what is looking like a great spring season. The Eagles leave next Saturday for competition in Orlando, FL during Spring break.