By Clay Ward
Sunday morning at Eastern’s Greg Adams Tennis Center, the women’s tennis team (3-1) earned its third win of the season, going 6-1 defeating the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2-1).Eastern doubles pair of juniors, Svetlana Pimenova and Alexandra Sitnikova, and senior-freshman duo of Meredith Giles and Anouk Faure would start the day winning doubles overall.
Giles, Faure, and Sitnikova would all collect two wins on the day. Eastern topped the Mocs in five of the six singles matches.
Eastern’s no. 1 player, Pimenova, uncharacteristically lost by a significant spread to Chattanooga’s Lindsey Ballard in the Colonels’ one singles loss of the day, dropping the two matches 6-2 and 6-0. Pimenova has an individual record of 5-3.
Still, the Colonels would need this win to bounce back from a brutal loss suffered against the University of Louisville the day before.
“This is a great sign for our women that we won convincingly today over a quality opponent in Chattanooga,” Head Coach Rob Oertel said.
Louisville would win all nine matches, beating the Colonels 7-0 and giving Eastern’s record its sole black mark thus far into the season.
The matches against Louisville (3-2) were so decisive in favor of U of L, Faure was the only Eastern player to force a third deciding set.
Inconsistent was the word for the weekend as the Colonels went from a 0-7 loss to a 6-1 win.
Eastern will host three teams next weekend:
East Tennessee State Friday, Feb.8 at 1 p.m. and two matches on Saturday: Wright State at 9 a.m. and Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. in Eastern’s Greg Adams Tennis Center.