LUBBOCK, Tex. (WCIA) — The Illinois women’s tennis team beat Princeton 4-3 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Friday morning at the Texas Tech Regional. It’s the first time an Illini team has made it to the Round of 32 since 2009.
After dropping the doubles point, the Illini (22-5) played from behind before taking a 3-1 lead. Princeton rallied to even it up at 3-3 before Daniela Pedraza-Novak won her match on court three, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
“I am so proud of the girls and how they handled the conditions,” Illinois head coach Evan Clark said in a statement. “We didn’t play our best tennis, but the team came through with a gutsy win. Extremely happy for Daniela (Pedraza-Novak). She has been in those situations before and today she got over the hump and came through to clinch the match. We are really excited to play Texas Tech and excited for another opportunity.”
Illinois advances to play host Texas Tech Saturday at 1 p.m. The Red Raiders beat Army 4-0.