By Brandon Roberts/Sports Writer
Eastern’s men tennis team went winless in two matches over the weekend. They fell to 9-7 overall and 0-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference.Saturday’s match against Tennessee Tech in Cookeville, Tenn., saw Eastern get handed a 7-0 loss at the hands of the Golden Eagles. Marco Born defeated Eastern’s John Kellert 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 at No.1, Luis Aguerrevere defeated Tom Wospil at No.2 6-2, 6-1 and Razvan Ilie defeated Alvin Cheng 6-1, 6-2 at No. 3.
The last three matches in singles play were all TTU. Tech’s Dominik Hecht defeated Mario Simic handily 6-0, 6-2. Will Chappell defeated Eastern’s Chase Armstrong 6-3, 6-2 at No 5, and Michele Panzeri defeated Chris Jacques 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6 to complete TTU’s sweep of the singles matches.
TTU also won the doubles point without losing a single match. TTU’s team of Aguerravere/Born defeated Eastern’s tandem of Cheng/Kellert 8-4. Ilie/Chappell defeated Billy Pfaffinger/Wospil 8-6, and Lerch/Hecht defeated Armstrong/Simic to complete the overall sweep of the Colonels.
The Samford University Bulldogs traveled to Tennessee Tech to battle Eastern Sunday and delivered the Colonels their second loss of the weekend by a score of 6-1.
SU’s Manuel Miletic defeated Eastern’s John Kellert 6-2, 7-5 at No. 1. Eastern’s Tom Wospil had the lone victory for the Colonels at No. 2 by defeating SU’s James Bryce 6-4, 6-3. No.’s 3, 4, 5, 6 were all victories for SU with Stuart Misner defeating Alvin Cheng 6-2, 6-1, Rob Nunnery defeating Mario Simic 6-4, 6-2, Johnny Griffee defeating Chase Armstrong 6-4, 7-5, and Brad Weaver defeating Chris Jacques 5-7, 6-2, (10-4), respectively.
Although Eastern’s doubles team of Kellert/Cheng defeated SU’s team of Bryce/Griffee by a score of 8-4, the Colonels lost the next two doubles matches. Samford’s team of Weaver/Joey Jensen defeated Eastern’s team of Wospil/Pfaffinger 8-6 and Misner/Nunnery defeated Simic/Armstrong 8-4.
“The guys had a rough weekend,” coach Rob Oertel said. “We need to get back on track.”
Oertel was optimistic even after a bad weekend of tennis for the Colonels.
“Our confidence is down right now, but we could be doing a lot worse,” Oertel said. “We still have a winning record.”
The men’s tennis team will return to action at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 31, at the University of Kentucky.
The Lady Colonels tennis team went 0-2 this past weekend with losses to conference foes Tennessee Tech and Samford. Eastern is now 10-8 overall and 3-2 in the OVC.
Saturday’s 5-2 defeat by TTU was Eastern’s first in the loss column in OVC play this season. Hannah Bartsch defeated TTU’s Marina Tasheva 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1. No. 2 saw Tech’s Alet Boonzaaire defeat Lindsey Herrera 6-2, 6-3. No.’s 3 and 4 were also TTU victories with Margo Carter beating Lucia Vojtkova 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3) and Melissa Consado defeating Terin Roof 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 respectively. Eastern’s Tessa Williams defeated TTU’s Alicia Kutyla 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to earn Eastern its second victory in singles play. Maja Russinova defeated Eastern’s Janina Dickhardt 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6.
TTU also won the doubles point. Tasheva/Boonzaaire defeated Herrera/Roof 8-2 and Russinova/Consado defeated Vojtkova/Williams 9-0. Eastern did win one doubles match when Dickhardt/Bartsch defeated Kutyla/Carter 8-6.
A 6-1 loss to Samford Sunday marked Eastern’s second consecutive conference loss in as many matches.
No. 1 saw Emily Nunnally defeat Eastern’s Hannah Bartsch 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Eastern’s Lindsay Herrera was victorious at No. 2 defeating Katie Crawford 7-5, 6-1 earning them their lone point in the match. SU’s Emily White defeated Eastern’s Lucia Vojtkova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and at No. 3 Sarah McKey defeated Eastern’s Terin Roof 6-3, 7-5. No.’s 5 and 6 were both victories for the Bulldogs with Jen Pharr defeating Tessa Williams 6-4, 6-3 and Bethany Benson defeating Janina Dickhardt 6-1, 6-4, respectively.
SU won the doubles point, winning all three matches. Nunnally/Crawford were victorious over Herrera/Roof 8-6, White/McKey defeated Bartsch/Dickhardt by injury default and Pharr/Benson defeated Williams/Vojtkova 8-6.
“The women were two points away from defeating Tennessee Tech,” coach Rob Oertel said. “The match against Samford was much closer than the score indicated. We just didn’t win close matches.”
Oertel isn’t going to let one bad weekend put a damper on the entire season. He is still optimistic.
“Women have a great shot at being in the top of the conference,” Oertel said. “We are one of the top four teams.”
The women’s tennis team returns to the court as they host the Racers of Murray State at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.