Women’s tennis heads to Jacksonville

Chris Picazo, Staff Reporter

The Eastern women’s tennis team (10-4) faces Jacksonville State University (6-10) after obtaining wins against Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri Friday and Sunday.

The team was able to able to pick up two wins after a 7-0 loss to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville March 25.

Women’s tennis coach John Blackburn was satisfied with the team’s quick turnaround after Edwardsville.

“I was very proud of how we bounced back and played with a lot of heart and confidence over the weekend,” Blackburn said.

With two victories over the weekend, the Panthers were able to improve their record in Ohio Valley Conference play to 5-1, placing them third among 11 teams.

Blackburn said the team gained confidence from its victories, and the team will use those as motivation for Jacksonville and the rest of their season.

“I think the team is very excited about trying to finish the end of the season on a strong note,” Blackburn said.

The Panthers have had a successful season so far and even followed a tough loss with a quick turnaround. Blackburn said the team is always looking to improve its game.

“We are really just chasing our best tennis,” Blackburn said. “We know we are very effective when we are at our best, we are working on how to bring that out every time we are on the court.”

Jacksonville is coming off a 5-0 win against North Alabama, and the team has a 3-3 record in OVC play, placing them 7th in the conference standings.

Blackburn said for the team to come out with a victory against Jacksonville, they need to be ready to compete.

“Coming out in the right state of mind, excited about competing and with a lot of confidence will be the biggest keys,” Blackburn said.

The Panthers continue their season Saturday against OVC conference opponent Jackson in Jacksonville, Ala. at 11 a.m. 

Chris Picazo can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]