Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will look to finalize its longest home stand of the year this weekend by facing Big Sky Conference members North Dakota on Friday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m., and Idaho on Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m.
Eastern (2-8) most recently matched up with Grand Canyon and Northern Colorado, on Feb. 20, and Feb. 21, respectively. The Eagles competed intensely with the Lopes and the Bears, earning an initial 1-0 lead in both of the matches by picking up the doubles point, but ended up falling by a close final tally of 3-4 in each meeting.
Sophomore Carolina Lopez was the standout singles player from the weekend, defeating GCU's Lana Rinaldi 3-6, 6-4, 10-3 in the sixth position, and UNCO's Courtney Schulte 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth position. Freshmen Janaya Smith and Rachel Swindell also earned wins in singles. In doubles, Smith and sophomore Katrina Domingo went 2-0 over the weekend stretch while sophomores Erin Blessing and Dani Young also went 2-0.
The Vandals, who were picked third in this year's preseason poll, are currently 4-3 overall, with 1-1 conference record. North Dakota, who is on a two game losing streak, are 0-2 in the league, with a 3-6 overall mark.
Following this weekend, the Eagles' next home match will not be until Saturday, Apr. 11, where they face Montana State at 3 p.m.