The Pirates honored Anna Guryanova and Madison Shoemaker as part of the team’s Senior Day festivities on Saturday, but the day was spoiled by a 7-0 loss to St. John’s.
On the doubles side junior Isabell Klingert and freshman Luize Stike started the Pirates off with an 8-6 victory over St. John’s Stephanie Elegren and Anatasia Polyakova. The Red Storm though would prevail in the next two matches including a tiebreaker to win the point.
The Pirates were also blanked on the individual side. Junior Hamah Liljekvist fell short losing to Anna Morozva in the final set 10-5. Freshman Luize Strike was retired after being down 6-2, 3-0 to Anastasia Polyakova. Junior Juila Keenan lost in straight sets 6-2, 6-3. Freshman Marisa Quevedo did as well, 6-3, 6-2. Klingert lost for only the second time in 18 matches on the individual side as she lost in straight sets to Elgegren 6-4, 6-2. Freshman Katie Kim was the Pirates last hope to secure a point as she faced Jadie Collins. Kim started in a hole, unable to win a game in the first set, falling 6-love. She fought valiantly to tie the match before Collins won the third 7-5 to give the Red Storm another win to complete the sweep of the Pirates.
The loss was just the second for the Pirates (7-9, 2-3) in the last six matches while the Red Storm improved to a perfect 4-0 against conference competition. The Pirates will close out the regular season next weekend traveling to take on No.33 DePaul on Saturday, April 18 before closing at Marquette the following day.