By Brandon Roberts/Sports writer
Eastern’s women’s tennis team battled Ohio Valley Conference foe the Murray State University Racers Friday, April 2.MSU defeated Eastern by a score of 6-1. The loss gives the Lady tennis Colonels a 10-9 record overall and a 3-3 mark in the OVC.
Freshman Terin Roof earned Eastern’s only point at No. 4 with a victory over MSU’s Jennifer Ward 7-6, 6-1. It was Ward’s first loss in ten straight matches. MSU’s Melissa Spencer defeated Hannah Bartsch at No.1 by a score of 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and No. 2 saw Jaclyn Leeper win by a score of 6-4, 6-3 over Eastern’s Lindsey Herrera.
Murray’s Anna Lask defeated Lucia Vojtkova at No. 3 by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Tessa Williams lost to Rachel Lask 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 and Janina Dickhardt fell to MSU’s Casady Pruitt 6-3, 7-6 at No. 6.
Eastern shut out OVC rival the Tennessee State Lady Tigers by a score of 7-0 Saturday, April 3. The win improved Eastern’s record to 11-9 on the year and 4-3 in conference play.
Eastern did not lose a match in singles or doubles play against TSU. Bartsch, Herrera, Vojtkova, Williams, and Megan Perry earned singles victories. The teams of Herrera/Roof and Vojtkova/Williams were victorious in doubles play to earn Eastern the doubles point.
Eastern emerged victorious once again with a 5-2 win over the Gamecocks of Jacksonville State. The win once again improved Eastern’s record which now stands at 12-9 overall and 5-3 in the OVC.
Herrera/Roof defeated Gurkaynak/Dushner 9-8 in the first doubles match, and Vojtkova/Williams won 8-5 over TSU’s Higgs/Marcella Gaze at No. 3 doubles.
No. 2 doubles was Eastern’s only doubles loss with Gorman/Abby defeating Bartsch/Dickhardt 8-2.
The one and two seeds both emerged victorious in singles play for Eastern.
Bartsch defeating TSU’s Zeynep Gurkaynak 6-2, 6-0 at No.1 and Herrera defeating Robin Gorman 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
JSU’s Michelle Dushner earned a victory at No. 3 with a 7-6, 6-4 victory over Eastern’s Vojtkova.
Eastern’s Terin Roof got the upper hand against TSU’s Layla Abby 6-2, 6-0 and Janina Dickhardt defeated Whitney Collins at No. 6 3-6, 6-0 (10-8). JSU’s only other singles victory came at No. 5 with Erin Higgs defeating Eastern’s Tessa Williams 6-4, 6-1.
“The women had a solid weekend, and we gained a lot of confidence,” Oertel said. “Even the 6-1 loss to MSU wasn’t a blowout.”
Terin Roof led the way for the Lady Colonels against Jacksonville State and Murray State.
“Terin Roof was our MVP for the weekend. She had a heck of a win against JSU and snapped her Murray opponents ten match win streak,” Oertel said.
This past weekend’s matches marked the last time that the Lady Colonels would compete at home.
Eastern returns to action this Friday when they will battle OVC rival Austin Peay in Clarksville, Tenn. The Lady Colonels will then motor to Martin, Tenn. to take on the Lady Skyhawks of UT-Martin
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