Seattle, Wash – While in the middle of a seven game road trip, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team defeated Seattle by a score of 4-3, as the Eagles battled to win four singles matches to clinch the victory in the second meeting this year with Redhawks on Sunday, Mar. 15.
"Huge 4-3 win for us today," said head coach Dustin Hinson, "I am excited for the team to pull this one out since we have been fighting so hard to get the win in these close matches. The team showed amazing grit and determination after losing the doubles point to come back and win four of the singles matches."
After dropping the early doubles point despite forcing it to a third match, the Eagles were able to push back Seattle early in the morning as freshman Janaya Smith and sophomore Carolina Lopez were the first EWU players to earn wins in the singles portion of competition. Smith, in the number one position, defeated SU's best player in Woodman by the score of 6-4, 6-4, while Lopez defeated her opponent, Carey, with a two-set score of 6-2, 6-4.
With a Seattle holding a 3-2 lead and two matches left to be played, sophomores Erin Blessing and Katrina Domingo were able to clinch the win as they both defeated their respective opponents. Out of the two, Blessing was the first off of the court, topping Maloney, 7-6 (5), 6-1, in the third position. Finally, in the longest, and last match of the day, Domingo battled back and forth with Scott of SU, earning the stellar three-set victory by a final tally of 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-2.
"I am happy to get some positive reinforcement for the effort and fight that the team puts in, day in, day out. There were really great matches by Erin Blessing and Katrina Domingo to pull out the final two points when we were down 2-3 in the match," said Hinson.
The Eagles will return to action a week from tomorrow to face three teams in the span of four days, continuing conference play by facing Southern Utah, in Cedar City, Utah on Monday, Mar. 23, at 2 p.m., before matching up with Northern Arizona, in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Wednesday, Mar. 25, at 1 p.m. Eastern will cap off the week by facing UNLV on Thursday, Mar. 26, at 10 a.m.