By Todd Purvis/Assistant sports editor
Despite losing their last three matches, Coach Rob Oertel’s Men’s Tennis team has still managed to keep a winning record at 8–6. The Colonels traveled to Murray State this past Saturday where they played the Saluki’s of Southern Illinois and suffered their sixth loss of the season by a margin of 5-2.The Colonels dropped the first point by being swept in the doubles matches; however, all three of these matches were very competitive and close, but Eastern couldn’t manage to pull them out. The Colonels went on to play the singles matches where they were only able to pick up two wins from the strong play of freshman Tom Wospil and junior Alvin Cheng, who picked up wins in the two and three spots, respectively. Tom Wospil defeated SIU’s Alon Sanider, 6-2, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot, and Eastern’s Alvin Cheng fought back from behind and defeated Lukasz Soswa by scores of 2-6, 6-3, and 6-4. Although the Colonels picked up these two wins, it wasn’t enough for the team victory; the Saluki’s edged the Colonels by a margin of 5-2.
The loss on Saturday marked the end of a three- game losing skid over the weekend, in which the Colonels also suffered a 5-0 loss to 12th ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Friday, and a 4-1 loss to the Racers of Murray State where senior Brian Stephenson picked up the lone win for the Colonels, rallying back to win by a score of 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
The Colonels returned to action yesterday where they hosted Georgetown College. Next they will host IPFW Friday, and then OVC rival UT-Martin on Saturday.