Timko leads IUP to two straight victories

Two victories in West Virginia had the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s tennis team riding high with confidence.

The confidence will continue as IUP has captured two hard-fought victories over Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rivals Me r c y h u r s t University and Slippery Rock University and improved their overall record to 11-5.

IUP’s top doubles duo of Erika Schnaas (junior, graphic design) and Tanya Timko (junior, psychology) defeated Mercyhurst’s top tandem, 8-2 Tuesday.

Crimson Hawks head coach Larry Peterson said his best duo of Schnaas and Timko have been performing well.

“Erika came to IUP with very good doubles skills and has improved on those skills,” Peterson said.

Sophie Butland (freshman, exercise science) and Alanna McFail (sophomore, biology) defeated Courtney Thompson and Annie Baich.

Peterson’s No. 1 singles player, Timko, earned victories (6-2 and 6-2) over Bristol. Timko, who earned PSAC honors for the West Division Athlete of the Week, has been performing well.

“Tanya can play with a lot of determination, and once she sets her mind on a victory, she usually makes it happen,” Peterson said.

The Lakers managed to win two of the six matches with the Crimson Hawks in singles competition.

Prior to the match with the Pride Wednesday, Peterson said his team knew it was a big match.

“There is a lot of competitiveness. It’s one of those situations where both teams get fired up and play their best tennis,” Petterson said.

IUP defeated Slippery Rock in their first two doubles matches, but the teams’ third pairing lost to SRU.

IUP will go on the road Friday when they travel to Ashland, Ohio, before returning home April 6.