Lucas Smets, a freshman from Bruxelles, Belgium, defeated his Pikeville opponent 6-1, 6-3 on Feb. 23. The win boosts the Colonels’ overall record to 5-6 and 5-1 at home.  Photo by Sonya Johnson

Lucas Smets, a freshman from Bruxelles, Belgium, defeated his Pikeville opponent 6-1, 6-3 on Feb. 23. The win boosts the Colonels’ overall record to 5-6 and 5-1 at home.
Photo by Sonya Johnson

BY: SETH GRAHAM
progress@eku.edu

The University of Pikeville didn’t stand a chance Feb. 23 against the Colonels. Eastern won 7-0, which improves Eastern’s record to 5-6.

The Colonels went into the match not knowing much about their opponents. It was only Pikeville’s second match of the season, so the team had all new players. Despite having little expectations, Eastern rolled over its competition.

Some improvement was shown as Eastern’s doubles teams won all three of its matches. Freshman Alex Alvaro and sophomore Juanjo de la Llera defeated Rodenbusch and Sernandez-Fondelius 8-5 at No. 1, and junior Joao Maio and sophomore Daridge Saidi defeated Babenkov and Oliveira 8-1 in the No. 2 match. Finally, senior Jan Dombrowski and freshman Lucas Smets defeated Garcia and Lerchundi 8-6 in the No. 3 match.

Eastern continued its domination in singles matches. At No. 1, Saidi defeated Sven Rodenbusch 6-2, 6-4. The No. 2 match had a close second set, but sophomore Juanjo de la Llera defeated Dmitry Babenkov 6-4, 7-6. Alvaro blanked his opponent Marcos Sernandez-Fondelius in the No. 3 match 6-0, 6-0. The No. 4 match went smoothly as Smets defeated Miguel Perez 6-1, 6-3.

Maio defeated G. Perez 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 5 match. To finish the match, freshman Florian Graskamp defeated Jose Marval 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 6 match, completing the sweep.

The Colonels will be traveling March 2 to Liberty University.