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Eastern women and men tennis earn victories


Last updated 3/21/2019 at 5:04pm

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team competed against Big Sky Conference opponent, Portland State, on March 17 in Portland, Ore., cruising to a 6-1 victory over the Vikings. The Eagles now sit at an overall record of 7-7 and 4-1 in Big Sky play.

In singles play, Madeline Lamoreaux defeated Jacinta Milenkoski 6-1, 6-0 while Zoey Nelson rallied against Eszter Zador to a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win. Louise Waite defeated Alli Valk 6-4, 7-6 (8-6); Faye Worrall had little trouble in her 6-3, 6-1 win over Gerda Upeniece while Yasmin Mansouri rounded out the Eagles singles action with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Ashley Knecht.

Rylee Braeden had Eastern’s only singles’ loss, falling 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 to Lotti Meszaros. The Houston Texas sophomore eventually found herself on the winning side, teaming with Lamoreaux for a 6-3 doubles win over Milenkoski and Meszaros.

Nelson and Waite knocked off Valk and Zador 6-2 while Knecht and Upeniece lost to Mansouri and Worrall, 5-4.

“Today’s match was a really tough conference battle but we expected that going in,” said head coach Dustin Hinson said in a news release. “We responded well to some really tough moments and we were able to focus and trust our game plan. Our mental focus was really good, which allowed us to stay calm in those close moments. I’m proud of the team for their resilience and their willingness to trust the process.”

The Eagles will return to the tennis courts next Sunday, March 24 when they travel to UC Irvine.

The Eagle men bounced back from a tough loss to Washington with a 7-1 road win over Seattle University on March 16. With the win, the Eagles improve to 3-8 on the season and are 1-4 in Big Sky Conference play.

In singles play, Jeremy Field rallied from a first-set loss to defeated Colton Weeldreyer 2-6, 7-6, 10-8 while Mikayel Khachatryan defeated Trenton Nield 6-2, 6-2. Manuel Balce defeated Arshek Gmalaryan 6-4, 7-6; Martin Bats defeated Emilie Monroy 7-6, 6-4; Jeremy Mueller beat Alex Chan 6-4, 6-1 and Wout Moumen rounded out singles play for the Eagles with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Adrian Alury-Sandobri.

In doubles, Field and Khachatryan defeated Nield and Gmalaryan 6-2 while Balce and Doumen teamed to own Chan and Billy Giuens-Jensen 6-3. The only loss came in No. 2 doubles with Bats and Mueller falling to Weeldreyer and Monroy 6-2.

The men lost to Washington 7-0 on March 15

“The best remedy for having a rough match the day before is getting back on the court and fighting and winning,” head coach Steve Clark said. “Since it is always about the process, the biggest thing for me was even when some players weren’t playing well or were off, they still found a way to pull it out. It was a good win.”

Eastern Washington returns to the courts on Tuesday, March 26, when they play at San Diego.


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