Panthers shutout Redhawks, beat Tennessee-Martin

Bob Reynolds, Sports Editor

The Eastern women’s tennis team had a shutout and a come-from-behind victory in its two matches over the weekend.

The Panthers defeated Tennessee-Martin, 4-3, Friday in Martin, Tenn.

Eastern shutout Southeast Missouri Sunday, 7-0.

After losing the doubles point, Eastern won 4-of-6 singles matches against the Skyhawks Friday.

The Skyhawks opened the match earning three quick wins in double play.

Tennessee-Martin duo of sophomores Hitomi Naito and Burcu Tari defeated the Eastern duo of freshman Grace Summers and sophomore Sephora Boulbahaiem, 8-2.

Eastern juniors Ali Foster and Hannah Kimbrough lost, 8-4, to Skyhawk sophomore Sarah Candeloro and freshman Elina Geut.

The match between Eastern sophomores Kelly Iden and Kamile Stadalninkaite and Skyhawk senior Jessica Silva and sophomore Tamara Klimek was at 6-4 before it went unfinished.

Eastern tied the match at one after Stadalninkaite defeated Skyhawk junior Florence Nicole in straight sets 6-0, 6-0.

The Skyhawks would take a 2-1 lead after Geut defeated Boulbahaiem 6-3, 6-4.

Kimbrough defeated Silva 7-5, 6-1, in the No. 5 singles match to tie the match for Eastern.

Eastern would win two out of three matches to give them the victory.

Ali Foster got back on track with a victory after she defeated Candeloro 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. Also, Iden defeated Naito 6-4, 2-6, 6-1.

Summers lost to Tari 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 in the No. 3 singles match.

The Panthers picked up nine match wins in Sunday’s match against Southeast Missouri, including six in singles matches and winning all three doubles matches.

Iden defeated Redhawk freshman Mariya Kostyuk in straight sets 6-1, 6-3.

Foster picked up her second win in a row by defeating Redhawk freshman Kateryna Stoianova in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

Boulbahaiem got back on the board after losing Friday by defeating Redhawk freshman Viviana Ortiz.

Summers, Kimbrough and Stadalninkaite finished the singles matches with wins over their opponents.

Summers defeated Southeast Missouri freshman Maria Montenegro 6-3, 6-7, and 10-7, and hers was the only match that went to a tiebreaker.

The Panthers were successful in doubles matches as well.

The match between Summers and Boulbahaiem and Kostyuk and Ortiz went unfinished after the Panther duo was winning, 6-5.

Foster and Kimbrough picked up a victory, as did Iden and Stadalninkaite.

The Panthers are now 5-1 in conference, and 10-4 overall and in second place in the conference.

Eastern will be back in action Saturday at Jacksonville State at 11 a.m. in Jacksonville, Ala.

Bob Reynolds can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].