BY: SETH GRAHAM
Eastern’s women’s tennis team shocked the tennis community after a 4-2 win against the University of Louisville on Feb. 14 at the Greg Adams Tennis Complex. The win improves Eastern’s record to 5-2.
Eastern came out of the gate slow by quickly dropping the doubles point and dropping the first set in most of the singles matches. Eventually the team hit its stride mid-match. After most had lost the first set, it bounced back to dominate the second set and used that momentum to continue dominating in the third set.
“I’m so proud on how our players continue to believe in themselves after getting beat so easily in doubles,” said Head Coach Rob Oertel in a press release. “It was a great effort from all six of our singles players today. Hopefully, this is one of many quality wins this year.”
The doubles matches were first. Junior Saioa Oscoz and sophmore Melissa Gerritsen lost the No. 1 match 8-1. Louisville took the doubles point when junior Milena Poffo and sophomore Kristina Labeja lost the No. 2 match 8-2.
The match did not look promising as Louisville took the first singles point after Junior Saioa Oscoz lost 6-1, 7-6 at the No. 3 slot. No. 1 sophomore Amandine Faouzi turned the match by winning the first set and finishing strong, winning her match 6-4, 6-4. Faouzi played great defense against her hard-hitting opponent waiting for her opportunities, and making them run. She covered the court with ease.
Eastern picked its game up after the No. 3 match ended. Labeja turned the No. 2 match around and won 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
After she shook the first set off, Labeja started hitting her shots and doing what came naturally; she hit some great winners, and her opponent just couldn’t keep up.
Both opponents at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots were ranked among the top 85 players earlier this season.
With much of the momentum in Eastern’s court now, sophomore Melissa Gerritsen won her match overcoming an awkward serve at the No. 4 spot 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Junior Melina Poffo defeated her opponent 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 to seal the match and preventing the win to be determined by the last match.
Eastern will travel Feb. 23 to Georgia State for a tough match.