Senior Amandine Faouzi leads Eastern’s women’s tennis team with 25 overall singles wins during the regular season. Photo by Chris Bundy

Senior Amandine Faouzi leads Eastern’s women’s tennis team with 25 overall singles wins during the regular season. Photo by Chris Bundy

By ASHLEY OWENS
ashley_owens46@mymail.eku.edu

Eastern’s women’s tennis team brought home a final regular season victory April 11 after taking on the Eastern Illinois University Panthers. With the win, the Colonels also earned a share of the OVC regular season title.

Eastern was also in Illinois on April 10 for a victory against the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars to end the regular season with a 14-7 record and 9-1 record in OVC play.

Eastern 4
Southern Illinois 3

The Colonels close 4-3 victory started out seemingly shaky as Eastern fell behind the Cougars (11-10, 7-3 OVC) by three. Senior Amandine Faouzi sparked a comeback, however, with her No. 1 singles victory.

Faouzi was behind in the third set but fought back in a tiebreaker to win Eastern’s first point. Fellow seniors Marcela Jimenez (No. 4) and Melissa Gerritsen (No. 5) won back-to-back in straight sets to tie the overall match three-all.

Freshman Raquel Montalvo pulled through in No. 6 singles in straight sets as well to give the Colonels the final and winning point.

Eastern 5
Eastern Illinois 2

The Colonels won four of the six singles matches in straight sets in the 5-2 win against the Panthers (12-6, 7-3 OVC).

Eastern started the match off on a positive note with the doubles point before also dominating in singles play. Faouzi won her sixth consecutive singles match at No. 1 singles and was named OVC Tennis Player of the Week. Fellow senior Kristina Labeja only dropped one game in No. 2 singles for a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

Gerritsen (No. 4) and Montalvo (No. 5) each won their matches in straight sets as well. Montalvo’s win put her at a five-match winning streak.

After the final regular season win, the Colonels now enter the OVC Tournament in the No. 2 seed. Eastern will play in the semifinals April 18 against either No. 3 Morehead State University or No. 6 University of Tennessee at Martin in Nashville.