By Brandon Roberts/Sports writer

Victories over the University of Dayton and Southeast Missouri this past weekend helped Eastern’s women’s tennis team improve to 7-2 overall for the year.Friday’s match against Dayton was a close, hard-fought 4-3 victory. Eastern and UD each won three singles matches. Eastern’s Lindsey Herrera and Lucia Vojtkova emerged victorious, and Tessa Williams won by default.

Eastern also came on strong in doubles action Friday and they were too much for Dayton to handle. The team of Herrera/Terin Roof won at No. 1, while the team of Vojtkova/Williams notched a victory at No. 2. The Eastern team of Hannah Bartsch/Janine Dickhardt won at No. 3 by default.

Saturday’s victory over Ohio Valley Conference foe Southeast Missouri was their first conference matchup of the year. They are now 1-0 in the OVC. Eastern had little trouble with SEMO.

Bartsch didn’t lose a set in her match against Kimmy Anderson at No. 1, and Vojtkova shut out her opponent Kolby Hoebing in two sets at No. 3 as well.

Herrera, Roof, Williams and Dickhardt also won easily in singles play.

“Lindsey Herrera was our MVP for the weekend again,” coach Rob Oertel said. “I give great credit to her commitment level the last two weeks. She has put in numerous extra hours of practice the last two weeks, and it has showed in her results.”

It was much of the same in doubles play Saturday. They earned the doubles point by going undefeated with the teams of Herrera/Roof, Bartsch/Dickhardt and Votjkova/Williams all picking up victories.

“We have had a heck of a start with a 7-2 record. We need to avoid complacency as we start to head into the tougher part of the schedule,” Oertel said. “We need to keep things in perspective because the teams are getting stronger. It’s nice to get off to a good start, though.”

Eastern’s Lady Colonels will travel to Florida to compete in three matches over spring break.