Momei Qu's run for the title ended in the round of 16 at the Midwest Regional Championships.
Oct. 23, 2005
EAST LANSING, MIch. - The University of Illinois women's tennis team got spirited efforts from their top netters on Sunday at the ITA/Wilson Midwest Regional Championships in East Lansing, Mich. However, it wasn't enough as Momei Qu was ousted in the round of 16 in the singles main draw and Brianna Knue and Macall Harkins lost in the quarterfinals of the doubles main draw.
"We had two really tough losses," head coach Sujay Lama said. "Those were heartbreakers. I'm really proud of their effort; they played their hearts out this weekend."
Qu lost in the round of 16 to the Caitlyn Burke of Wisconsin in three sets, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4. Qu battled toe-to-toe with the No. 3-seed saving two match points in the second set, but in the end, it wasn't enough to break her opponent.
"This tournament really gave me a lot of confidence," said Qu. "It was a tough loss though because I was the one dictating the tempo and staying aggressive on a lot of the points. Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes and she capitalized on them. There is a lot of room to go forward."
Harkins and Knue lost in the quarterfinals to the tournaments No. 4-seed Brook Buck and Keley Teft of Notre Dame, 9-8(2).
The Illini have one last tournament, the annual Midwest Blast at Atkins Tennis Center, on Nov. 4-6 before concluding the fall tournament season.