By Brandon Roberts/Sports Writer
The Eastern men’s and women’s tennis teams were both in action over spring break in St. Augustine, Fla.The men return after winning two out of three and improving to 8-3 on the year. The women were winless in their three matches and fall to 7-5.
Eastern men’s team battled Flagler College on March 8 and emerged victorious as John Kellert, Mario Simic, Chase Armstrong and Billy Pfaffinger all notched singles victories. Eastern also won the doubles point as Kellert/Cheng, Wospil/Pfaffinger, and Simic/Armstrong were all victorious.
Eastern took on Valparaiso on March 9 and extended their winning streak to six with a close 4-3 victory. Singles victories by Kellert, Armstrong, and Jacques had the match tied at 3-3. Eastern then swept the doubles matches to earn the point and emerge with the 4-3 victory.
March 10 pitted Eastern against Hampton University. Wospil and Jacques nabbed wins for the Colonels in singles action. The doubles teams of Kellert/Cheng and Wospil/Pfaffinger also were the victors. Hampton proved to be too much for Eastern to handle and snapped the Colonels win streak at six.
“We are really steam rolling along,” coach Rob Oertel said of his men’s team. “Even in our 4-3 loss to Hampton we really played some good tennis.”
Eastern sophomore John Kellert was 3-0 in doubles and 2-1 in singles play over the break.
“John Kellert won the clinching match against Valpo. He was the player of the trip,” Oertel said.
The women’s team did not fare as well as the men on the trip, going 0-3 and bringing their overall record to 7-5.
In their first match on March 8, Eastern was defeated by Flagler College, 4-3. Lucia Vojtkova, Terin Roof and Janina Dickardt were all victorious in singles action, but Flagler swept the doubles matches to earn the victory.
The second match of the week for the women’s team had them up against a tough UNC-Wilmington team. UNCW swept the singles matches handing Eastern their second loss in two days by a score of 6-0.
It was more of the same when Eastern faced Hampton University on March 10. Dickhardt had the lone singles victory for Eastern as Hampton won easily 5-1.
“Overall, 7-5 is still pretty good,” Oertel said of his women’s team. “Hampton’s women were really tough. Flagler could have went either way. We could have easily been 1-2 on the trip. We are still exceeding expectations and we’ll keep the train rolling down the track.”
The Lady Colonels took on conference rival Morehead State yesterday at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center.