Cheney, Wash. – For the final pair of games for the 2015 season, freshman Janaya Smith was able to score two solid wins against both Montana State and Montana as the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team fell to the Bobcats, 5-2, and the Grizzlies, 6-1, on Saturday, Apr. 11, and Sunday, Apr. 12.
Smith, who has had a fantastic inaugural season, added two more wins to her 2015 total, defeating Laura Middel, 6-2, 6-2, and Precious Gbadamosi, 6-4, 6-2. While playing year round at the number one position and against each opponent's best player, Smith earned a staggering 12 wins, a single season tally that comes in at fourth all-time at EWU.
Sophomore Erin Blessing was the only other Eagle player this weekend to find a win, as she secured the victory over the Bobcats' Jessica Brycki, 7-5, 6-2, in the third position. Blessing won a total of five singles contests and nine doubles matches this year.
Against the Grizzlies, sophomore Carolina Lopez snagged a first set win over Orfanos of UM by the score of 6-4, before falling in three sets by a final result of 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (12-10). The Mexico City native held the second-most wins on the roster this year, accruing nine singles victories over the fourth, fifth, and sixth positions.
"After a relatively rough doubles performance today, I challenged the team to dig down and show some fight in single," said head coach Dustin Hinson, "They all really stepped up and did a great job of fighting and digging for every point in singles. I was proud of the effort and mental toughness. We didn't get the team win but Janaya closed out the season with one of her best wins this year. Erin also had a nice weekend and finished strong."
After the matches against MSU and UM, Eastern finalizes its season at an overall record of 5-16 with a 2-9 Big Sky Conference mark.