By ASHLEY OWENS
Eastern’s women’s tennis team finished its 2015 season with a trip to the OVC Championship on April 18 and 19. The trip was the Colonels’ fourth consecutive year of reaching the OVC Championship. The Colonels entered the tournament at No. 2 seed and defeated No. 3 Morehead State University in semifinals before falling to No. 1 Murray State University in the finals.
Semifinals: Eastern 4 vs.
Though the Morehead State Eagles (11-10, 8-2 OVC) started off with a one point advantage after winning the doubles point April 18, Eastern quickly found its momentum in singles play. Senior Kristina Labeja tied the match with a straight set victory, winning her final 11 games at No. 2 singles to earn a point for Eastern.
Freshman Raquel Montalvo followed suit at No. 6 singles and also won her match in straight sets to give Eastern the first lead of the match. The match saw another tie overall when Morehead gained a point at the No. 5 spot, but sophomore Marina Marti (No. 3) and senior Marcela Jimenez (No. 4) each won their matches in straight sets to give the Colonels the final lead.
Championship: Eastern 2 vs.
The Murray State Racers (17-3, 9-1 OVC) started the match by earning the doubles point and never looked back from there. After winning the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles, the Racers pushed forward in singles and kept Eastern at just two singles wins.
The only Colonels to gain a point in singles was Labeja and Marti. Both brought out a straight-set victory, Labeja’s at No. 2 singles and Marti’s at No. 3 singles.
The Colonels ended the 2015 season with an overall record of 15-8 and an OVC record of 9-1. A group of four seniors will leave the Colonels roster: Amandine Faouzi, Melissa Gerritsen, Labeja and Jimenez.