By Casey Tolliver

The Eastern’s men’s tennis team began OVC play over the weekend, and came away with an even 1-1 conference record.On Friday, the Colonels faced Tennessee Tech and were shut out by the Golden Eagles, 7-0.

Eastern lost all individual matches and could not manage to force any to a third set.

The Colonels didn’t fare much better in doubles play, losing two out of three matches.

Freshman Alex Das Izquierdo and senior Fred Goncalves paired for a victory in one of three doubles matches, but the one win wasn’t enough to earn Eastern a point.

Eastern Head Coach Rob Oertel acknowledged that Tennessee Tech’s strength was their defining quality.

“They were a real gutsy team and we didn’t come out ready to compete,” Eastern Head Coach Rob Oertel said. “I thought we could compete with Tech, but in the end it came down to how strong they were.”

Tennessee Tech improved to 9-3 overall, and 2-0 in conference play.

The Colonels returned to the court taking on Tennessee State in a match that proved a mirror image of the previous day’s action, and saw the Colonels’ fortunes drastically change.

Eastern beat Tennessee State 7-0 for their first-conference win of the spring.

The Colonels won all individual matches, and also swept doubles play.

“It’s good that we took care of business and stayed focus,” Oertel said. “It was a positive gaining to the win’s column.”

Eastern record went to 10-8 overall after the weekend of tennis.

The Colonels played the University of Louisville yesterday, but results were not available at press time.

Louisville’s team went from No. 32 to No. 29 nationally.

“They’re the highest ranked team on our schedule which always helps your team to grow,” Oertel said.

The Colonels are back in action Friday against OVC rival Eastern Illinois.