NORMAL, ILL. — Northern Iowa duo Kate Merrick and Savanna Hunt earned a win in the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Tennis Individual Championships Sunday.

Merrick and Hunt topped Evansville’s Marie Kapelevich and Leah Helpingstine 8-4 in flight 3 doubles. The Panther duo returns to action today, where they will face another Evansville duo, Nicoli Pereira and Andrea Pascual-Larrinaga, in the fifth-place bracket.

Merrick also had the Panther’s top singles performance, going the distance before eventually losing 5-7, 7-5, 10-5 to Alexa Brandt of Bradley.

The three-day tournament concludes today.

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