By Clay Ward
Georgetown would put up little fight as the Colonels women’s tennis team defeated the Tigers 7-0 in Saturday’s first match. Head Coach Rob Oertel claimed his 100th victory as a collegiate women’s tennis coach in the win over Georgetown.
“Hopefully, we have many more wins to come this year,” Oertel said.
The dominance would end with Georgetown, as Xavier would come back on Eastern, winning the final three of six singles matches, tying the point total 3-3.
Eastern and Xavier would both claim a doubles match. The win would all rest on the final match Saturday at Greg Adams Tennis Center in Richmond.
Eastern had new blood and old blood meet as the duo of senior Meredith Giles and freshman Anouk Faure face off to decide the meet.
The senior-freshman team did not disappoint with an appropriately exciting close finish to edge past Xavier for the win in a tiebreaker, 9-8.
Giles and Faure would go undefeated in all matches against both Georgetown and Xavier on Saturday. They were not alone in this feat for Eastern; the Colonels top three singles players against both teams did not lose.
The Colonels biggest contributor in the win may have been junior Alexandra Sitnikova. The native of Kazakhstan went 4-0 on the day winning two single matches and two doubles matches.
“I’m happy how our top three players executed their game plan and won convincingly over some pretty good Xavier tennis players today,” Oertel said.
Eastern won the day blowing out Georgetown and squeaking past Xavier 4-3.
The women will be back in action on Saturday, Feb. 2, as Eastern will travel to Louisville to play the Cardinals. Sunday, Feb. 3, Eastern will be back at the Greg Adams Tennis Center facing the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga at 9:30am.