By Todd Purvis/Assistant sports editor

Coach Rob Oertel’s Lady Colonels improved their record to 8-6 over the weekend after traveling to Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Lady Colonels were able to pick up their third OVC win of the year over the Indians of Southeast Missouri. The Lady Colonels won the doubles matches by sweeping SEMO for the first point. Then No. 1 seed Hanna Bartsch, No. 2 seed Lindsay Herrera, No. 3 seed Natalie Garcia, No. 5 seed Janina Dickhardt, and No. 6 seed Rachel Long all picked up wins in the singles matches. These wins gave Eastern the 6-1 edge in the match, which boosted their overall record to 8-6 and their OVC record to 3-1.

A breakdown in scoring for the match is as follows: Eastern freshman Hanna Bartsch defeated Daniela Garcia 7-5, 6-3; sophomore Lindsay Herrera defeated Andrea Aldanan 6-0, 6-4; sophomore Natalie Garcia defeated Cassie Foster 6-3, 6-3; SEMO’s Kay Ehlke defeated Eastern senior Andrea Hill 6-4, 6-1; junior Janina Dickhardt defeated Cristina Garcia 6-4, 6-4; and senior Rachel Long defeated Julie Jarrell 6-2, 6-0.

The win on Saturday marked the end of three consecutive on-the-road matches. Last Tuesday, the Lady Colonels motored to Louisville where they suffered a 7-0 loss. Then on Friday, the Lady Colonels traveled to Murray State where they were swept again; but, on a positive note, they were still able to keep a winning record, which was improved by Saturday’s win over Southeast Missouri.

The Lady Colonels returned yesterday where they hosted the Tigers of Georgetown College, which marks three consecutive matches in Richmond.

This weekend, Eastern will host IPFW and OVC rival Tennessee-Martin.