By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s women’s tennis team finished big April 4 with its last home match of the season, sweeping Southeast Missouri State University 7-0. Though the Colonels lost its first OVC match against Murray State University during Spring Break, the team fought back to a four-match winning streak.
Eastern won another home match over the weekend against the University of Tennessee at Martin on April 3.
UT Martin 1
The Colonels jumped past the UT Martin Skyhawks (6-9, 3-5 OVC) in doubles, capping the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots for the opening point. Seniors Melissa Gerritsen and Marcela Jimenez held up the No. 2 doubles while freshman Raquel Montalvo and sophomore Marina Marti teamed up at No. 3 to win the point. Seniors Amandine Faouzi and Kristina Labeja lead at No. 1 when the match was cut short.
Eastern’s lone point-loss was at No. 3 singles and the first two spots were also tough battles. Faouzi (No. 1) fought through to a straight-set win, but with a tough competition for a 7-5, 7-5 win. At No. 2 Labeja battled through two tiebreakers and fought off two set points in the second-set tiebreaker for the final 7-6 (30, 7-6 (6) win.
Jimenez (No. 4), Gerritsen (No. 5) and Montalvo (No. 6) each won in straight sets. Montalvo only dropped one game in her two sets.
Southeast Missouri 0
The final home match of the season against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks (1-18, 1-6 OVC) was a standout match for the Colonels.
Doubles competition went much like the UT Martin match as the Colonels won the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots for the point. Eastern had every bit of momentum heading into singles play.
All Colonels won singles in straight sets.
Faouzi now leads the team with 16 singles wins after winning the No. 1 spot 6-0, 6-3. Meanwhile, Labeja won her match (No. 2) and remains undefeated in OVC singles play. Marti also pulled through with straight sets at No. 3 wile Jimenez (No. 4) only lost one game in her 6-1, 6-0 win.
Gerritsen (No. 5) won her feat 6-3, 6-4 and Montalvo (No. 6) won 6-1, 6-3.
The Colonels (12-7, 7-1 OVC) hit the road to finish out the regular season April 10 and 11 against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois University.