Pullman, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team played a pair of challenging matches this weekend where it fought hard against Washington State on Jan. 30, and Idaho, in a nonconference meeting, on Jan. 31, but lost 6-1 in both competitions.
Sophomore Carolina Lopez was an exceptional standout both against the Cougars and Vandals, picking up EWU's only points over the two day stint. Lopez earned victories in the sixth position of singles over WSU's Monahan and UI's Young, by the scores 6-2, 7-6 (8-4), and 3-6, 7-5, 7-10, respectively.
"Without question Carolina was the team MVP of the weekend. She showed great determination. She has great ability and she was able to come up big this weekend," said head coach Dustin Hinson.
On a three-game singles winning streak, freshman Janaya Smith went into both matches hoping to continue riding her wave of success, but fell in both meetings in what were tough matches against Washington State's and Idaho's top players.
"We faced some tough competition this weekend but I feel like we continued to make progress and get better," said Hinson, "The team showed great effort and attitude from the first point to the last. WE had a lot of close games and sets against WSU and Idaho. We still need to work on stepping up on big points and not getting tentative when things get tight. We lost a lot of sudden death points, so we will be working on finishing when those opportunities when they come up."
The Eagles will look to continue improving in a close-to-home match against Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 7, at 11:00 a.m.