Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team was able to pick up a solid 7-0 sweep over Whitman on Sunday, Feb. 15, in a two game weekend stretch in which the Eagles also fell 7-0 to preseason Big Sky Conference favorite, Sacramento State.
En route to the victory over Whitman College on Sunday, several Eastern (2-6) players were able to have excellent performances over their respective opponents. Standout freshman Janaya Smith, playing in the number one position, earned a stellar 6-0, 6-0 win over Whitman's best player in Jenna Dobrin. Fellow freshman Rachel Swindell also won over her opponent, Sigouin, in the third position by a score of 6-0, 6-3. Following Smith and Swindell, sophomores Erin Blessing, Dani Young, Katrina Domingo, and Carolina Lopez all saw wins in the singles portion of the morning.
The Eagles were also dominant in doubles, picking up two quick wins to receive the doubles point. The combination of Smith and Domingo earned the first win over Dobrin and Wallin (6-0), while Swindell and Lopez closed out Brodeck and Gilbert (6-2).
Two days earlier on Friday, Feb. 13, the Eagles opened up Big Sky play versus last year's BSC champions, Sacramento State. In the opening doubles portion of the match, Eastern saw an early win as the combination of Smith and Domingo defeated the Hornets best combination of Soltanici and Bulatovaite. However, Eastern would lose the doubles point as Sacramento State was able to earn wins over the Eagles' other two pairings.
After falling behind 1-0, Eastern attempted to rally themselves back by playing several close individual singles matches. Domingo played one of the closest matches of the afternoon against Daria Savchenko (6-1, 4-6, 10-8), while Smith, Blessing, and Swindell all played tight two set matches. Despite an overall impressive performance from the Eagles, it was not enough to overcome the Hornets as EWU fell by a final score of 7-0.
"It was a good weekend overall," said head coach Dustin Hinson, "We put up a great fight against Sac St and had the lead in a few different matches. We will continue working on our ability to close out matches and being aggressive but we gained some good confidence this weekend. We will look to keep it up as we move forward into conference play. We will be working on our team "grit" this week, which is what we will need to bring to the court to perform well and achieve our goals in the upcoming matches."
The Eagles will look to continue its long six-game home stand versus Grand Canyon on Friday, Feb. 20, at 10:00 a.m., and fellow Big Sky member Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 21, at 11:00 a.m.