Defending Champion Redbirds Open Fall Slate This Weekend

NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois State’s women’s tennis team, defending Missouri Valley Conference champions, will officially begin its fall roster Saturday, when the Redbirds travel to I-74 in Champaign to compete in the Universal Tennis College Circuit event hosted by Illinois.

Universal Tennis College Circuits is a new series of multi-level open tournaments hosted by college campuses. These events attract top players from across the country and provide high-level college, adult, and junior players with more opportunities to play competitive matches.

“This weekend is a great opportunity for us to have tough games,” said the ISU head coach. Maja Kovacek said. “We’ve put in a lot of hours over the past two weeks and I know everyone is excited to get out there and compete for the first time this fall.”

Redbirds to be led by two-time MVC All-Conference selection and 2021 MVC Player of the Year Tijana Zlatanovic in the No. 1 spot. She will be joined by her doubles partner Tara Damnjanovic and out of competition Alexandra Abyasova, Elena Jankulovska and Othilia Brodin. They will be joined by four newcomers who will be looking to continue the team’s recent championship success in Nevena Kolarevic, Zoe Limparis, Iva Poleksicand Silvia Pomarolli.

This weekend’s tournament will be the first of five scheduled this fall for the Redbirds, who will host the annual Redbird Invitational September 30-October 2 at Gregory Street Courts weather permitting. The ISU then travels to Springfield, Missouri, for the annual Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship hosted by Missouri State October 7-9. The Michigan-hosted ITA Midwest Regional in Ann Arbor will follow Oct. 20-25, before the ISU wraps up the fall tournament season at home with the Redbird Duals on Nov. 5-6.

“We are thrilled to host two home events this fall after a long time,” Kovacek continued. “We also have the first MVC Individual Championships with the new teams in the conference. It will be an extremely competitive tournament and the preparation for this event will be the focus of our fall season.”

Following the completion of the fall tournament portion of the schedule, the Redbirds will begin their spring doubleheader slate in late January at home against Eastern Illinois and ISU. For rolling schedule announcements and game time updates, stay tuned to the Women’s Tennis Schedule on and the Illinois State Redbirds app: Your sources for Illinois State tickets, Weisbecker Athletic Fund giveaways, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.

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