Marcela Jimenez, a sophomore from Ensenada, Mexico, found wins in both singles and doubles. The win against Butler bumps Eastern’s overall record to 4-2 for the women’s team.Photo by Sonya Johnson

Marcela Jimenez, a sophomore from Ensenada, Mexico, found wins in both singles and doubles. The win against Butler bumps Eastern’s overall record to 4-2 for the women’s team.
Photo by Sonya Johnson

BY: MATTHEW CRUMP
matthew_crump3@mymail.eku.edu

After taking a week off from playing, Eastern’s women’s tennis team returned home with great success after the team swept Butler University 7-0 on Feb. 10.

All eight members of the team competed in the same match for the first time this season.

“It was nice to get everyone involved in that match,” head coach Rob Oertel said. “We were pretty optimistic going in that it was going to be a match where we could get everybody playing and still do well.”

The Colonels started the match strong after winning the doubles point 3-0.

Sophomore Melissa Gerritsen and junior Saioa Oscoz took the No. 1 match 8-1.

Sophomore Kristina Labeja and junior Milena Poffo took the No. 2 doubles match 8-2.

To cap off Eastern’s doubles dominance, sophomore Marcela Jimenez and junior Carmen Rodriguez swept the No. 3 doubles match 8-0.

The singles matches went just as well for Eastern. The No. 1 match went off without a hitch, with sophomore Amandine Faouzi winning 6-4, 6-0.

Gerritsen took the No. 3 match 6-4, 6-3. The Colonels snagged the win after Oscoz bagged the No. 4 match 6-0, 6-2.

Even after the team technically won the match, the other matches continued to go on.

Labeja had a rough start the No. 2 match after losing the first game 6-7, but still managed to win the second game 6-2.

Her final set was a struggle that went into extra games. Labeja pulled ahead to win the final set 11-9.

Poffo and freshman Danielle Kinnen both won the No. 5 and No. 6 match, respectively, with straight 6-0 sets.

The two wins brought Eastern’s overall record to 4-2.

The Colonels have a tough match coming up next. Eastern is hosting a game against the University of Louisville Thursday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Greg Adams Indoor Tennis facility.