Boise, Idaho – This weekend the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team traveled to Boise, Idaho, to compete in the Jack Ryan Classic. The three-day event took place Sept. 25-27, and included competing schools such as Boise State, Weber State, and Montana.
Eastern recorded a number of impressive singles victories during the tournament. In the Singles Blue Flight, sophomore Janaya Smith, the number four seed, defeated Montana's Kincaid by a match score of 6-0, 6-2 before falling to finalist Paules Aldrey of BSU. In the Singles Orange Flight, EWU received two wins from junior Carolina Lopez against WSU's Bitton (6-4, 6-1), and sophomore Rachel Swindell defeating Rindlisbacher, also from WSU, with a score of 6-3, 6-3.
In the doubles portion of the tournament, the junior duo of Dani Young and Katrina Domingo won a close tie-breaker match over their Montana counterparts Stuijt/Dukic 7-6(6). The other duo of Swindell and freshman Faye Worrall reached the finals in the consolation bracket by defeating fellow teammates Smith and senior Moira Hedberg.
Coach Dustin Hinson shared his thoughts on the tournament, "The tournament this weekend was very productive. We got better each day of the event. We dealt with a lot of nerves and tightness on the first day. Then we settled in and relaxed nicely on the second and third day, and posted some great results along with some impressive performances. We have a lot to work on in these next few weeks before our regional tournament at Stanford, but I'm happy with what I'm seeing from both the returners and new athletes on the team. We are much improved but need to keep working hard to achieve our potential."
Next on the schedule is the ITA Northwest Regional in Stanford, Calif., Oct. 23-27.