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Sophomore Kristina Labeja won her both her singles and doubles match. Six of Eastern’s starters return from last year’s squad that went undefeated in the OVC and went on to the 2012 NCAA tournament.
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BY: MATTHEW CRUMP
matthew_crump3@mymail.eku.edu

The start of the indoor schedule for Eastern’s women’s tennis team was a success after back-to-back wins against the Eastern Michigan University Eagles and the University of the Cumberlands Patriots at home last Saturday. The Colonels (2-0) defeated the Eagles 6-1 and the Patriots 7-0.

The Colonels started the day against the Eagles (1-3). The six Colonels’ starters of the match were the same starters that advanced to the NCAA tournament last year after undefeated OVC play.

Sophomore Amandine Faouzi won the No. 1 match 6-2, 6-1.

“There was a special score by Amandine Faouzi,” said Coach Rob Oertel. “Very standout scores by her today. That girl she played was good. I’m not surprised she beat her. I knew she had a good chance, but the scores were impressive.”

The weak link for Eastern was Sophomore Melissa Gerritsen after a narrow loss 7-6, 7-6. Sophomore Kristina Labeja won the No. 3 match 6-3, 5-7, 6-3, and Junior Saioa Oscoz won the No. 4 match 6-2, 6-4.

The No. 5 match started rocky after sophomore Marcela Jimenez lost her first set, 4-6. She came back to win the next two, 6-3 and 10-5. Junior Carmen Rodriguez won her match in a straight set 6-4, 6-3.

Eastern won two of the three doubles matches. The No. 2 match was the first match to finish after Faouzi and Gerritsen defeated their opponents 8-2. Jimenez and junior Milena Poffo took the No. 3 match, 8-4.The No. 1 doubles match finished last when the Eagles triumphed over the Colonels 8-5.

Oertel said the Colonels won because of their planning rather than their skills.

“Most of our girls did a good job of executing game plans,” he said. “They had a good strategy and did a great job of executing their game plan to succeed in their matches. There were a lot of battles, a lot of tight scores. We came out on the good side on almost all of them. It was girls winning with their heads instead of their skills.”

Eastern played against the University of the Cumberlands (0-1) later that day keeping the winning streak going by being undefeated in both singles and doubles. Faouzi again won the No. 1 match 6-1, 6-0. Oscoz took the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-1.

Colonel newcomer freshman Danielle Kinnen, Poffo and Jimenez all went 6-0,6-0 in the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 match, respectively. Rodriguez barely broke that streak after winning the No. 6 singles match 6-1, 6-0.

The results of the doubles matches reflected the results of the singles matches. Labeja and Oscoz won the No. 1 match 8-3. Faouzi and Gerritsen won their second No. 2 doubles match that day 8-0. Kinnen and Rodriguez came out undefeated in the No. 3 match 8-0.

Both matches were played at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis center.

The Colonels return to the court at 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center.

Oertel said that the Colonels won because of their planning rather than their skills.

“Most of our girls did a good job of executing game plans,” he said. “They had a good strategy and did a great job of executing their game plan to succeed in their matches. There were a lot of battles, a lot of tight scores. We came out on the good side on almost all of them. It was girls winning with their heads instead of their skills.”

Eastern played against the University of the Cumberlands (0-1) later that day, where they kept their winning streak by going undefeated in both singles and doubles. Faouzi again won the No. 1 match, 6-1, 6-0. Oscoz took the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-1.

Poffo, Colonel newcomer freshman Danielle Kinnen and Jimenez all went 6-0,6-0 in the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 match, respectively. Rodriguez barely broke that streak after winning the No. 6 singles match 6-1, 6-0.

The results of the doubles matches reflected the results of the singles matches. Labeja and Oscoz won the No. 1 match 8-3. Faouzi and Gerritsen won their second No. 2 doubles match that day 8-0. Kinnen and Rodriguez came out undefeated in the No. 3 match 8-0.

Both matches were played at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis center.

The Colonels return to the court Friday, Jan. 25 at the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis Center at 4 p.m.