Portland, Ore. – With the regular season fast approaching the ending point, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team battled with Portland State in an arduous match, falling by the final score of 7-0 on Saturday, Apr. 4.
With several matches being extended to three sets by the Eagles, Eastern gave the Vikings everything that had in contest that featured numerous difficult matchups. Freshman Janaya Smith and sophomores Dani Young and Erin Blessing each started out strong against their respective opponents, picking up a victory in the first set. Despite the initial surge, Smith, Young, and Blessing all ended up falling while constantly fighting for the win.
Sophomore Carolina Lopez also brought her match against Kelsey Frey to three sets, netting a second set win by a score of 7-5, after dropping the first set 6-0.
"The team showed real heart and grit today in the midst of a shorthanded situation," said head coach Dustin Hinson, "We fought to three sets in four singles matches, but couldn't pull them out. We will keep fighting through these adverse situations because we know that our day is coming."
The Eagles will play their final two games of the regular season at home next week against Montana on Saturday, Apr. 11, at 3:00 p.m., and Montana State on Sunday, Apr. 12, at 2:00 p.m.