Cheney, Wash. - The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team faced Big Sky Conference members North Dakota and Idaho on Friday, Feb. 27, and Saturday, Feb. 28, defeating UND by a final tally of 6-1, and falling to the Vandals by the same mark.
Sophomore Katrina Domingo was the standout player from this weekend's matches as she picked up two singles victories over North Dakota's Preston, 6-4, 6-4, and UI's Flores 6-2, 6-2. Both of her wins came in the sixth position of each match.
"Katrina showed great mental toughness this weekend and played as good as I've seen her play and she picked up two singles wins as a result," said head coach Dustin Hinson.
In the triumph over UND, Eastern (3-9) was able to rush out to an early lead as the Eagles once again picked up the initial doubles point as the combinations of sophomores Erin Blessing and Dani Young, and freshman Rachel Swindell and senior Chrissy Uriarte, picked up wins in the second and third positions, respectively.
Freshman Janaya Smith was the first off of the court once singles began as she secured a definitive 6-1, 6-2 win over North Dakota's best player in Ronkowski. Outside of Domingo's and Smith's victories, Swindell, Young, and sophomore Carolina Lopez also found two-set wins.
With Domingo earning EWU's only point in the match against Idaho, several other Eastern players played close two-set matches. Blessing in particular played the tightest match out of the bunch, battling with the Vandals' Badillos, but falling by a final score of 6-4, 6-3.
"It was a very positive weekend overall for the team," said Hinson, "We faced a very tough Idaho team today but I saw great fight and grit out there on our side. We gained some confidence and are looking forward to taking it into more important conference matches next weekend."
Following this weekend's home matches, Eastern finalized its six-game home stand and now will hit the road to face Weber State on Saturday, Mar. 7, at 8:00 a.m., and Idaho State on Sunday, Mar. 8, at 11:00 a.m.