The women’s tennis team rounds out its home court play Friday as it will take on conference competitor Jacksonville State.
The Panthers are coming in off a 4-3 loss to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, which ended their three-game win streak. The Panthers are now 11-6 on the season and 5-2 in the conference.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks enter the contest with a 6-13 overall record; they are 4-2 in the conference.
Jacksonville State is coming off a 5-2 conference win over Morehead State.
The Gamecocks swept the doubles matchups in their last match and let two singles matches slip away.
In doubles, Courtney Conley and Sadey St. Amant earned a notable 6-1 win over Lindsey Wild and Aleksandra Savic.
Claudia Marsala and Diana Mirceta took the other doubles win over Haley Wild and Maria Orenella in a 6-3 battle. Olivia Nguyen and Genevie Ulanday’s matchup with Zina Mehikic and Ayaka Terashi defaulted to an unfinished result.
Conley also posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Lindsey Wild in singles.
Ulanday kept the score tight, eventually winning 6-3, 7-5 over Haley Wild.
Mirceta defeated Orenella in another close 6-4, 7-6 contest.
Nguyen and Marsala walked away with losses at their respective No. 1 and No. 2 positions.
St. Amant leads the team in singles wins with a 9-9 record. In doubles, Marsala and Mirceta have the best of the two winning records on the team as they sit at 6-3 on the season.
The Gamecocks’ season singles record is 33-68 and 17-28 in doubles.
Jacksonville State is running on a one-game win streak and is currently 3-6 in away matches. The Panthers have a winning home record of 4-1.
The two teams met in Jacksonville, Ala., last season, and the Panthers took home a 5-2 victory.
Juniors Kelly Iden and Kamile Stadalninkaite and senior Ali Foster all posted singles wins against their Gamecock opponents.
Iden defeated Marsala with a pair of 6-3 set scores.
Stadalninkaite trumped Danielle Kerindi in a three-set decision, 7-6, 0-6, 12-10.
Foster had a notable run against Nguyen winning 6-1, 6-3.
Summers had a tough go against Ulanday, dropping her match 4-6, 7-5, 10-7.
The Panthers dominated the doubles matches, winning two of the three and the third defaulting to unfinished.
The Panthers’ final home match will take place in Champaign, Ill. at 2 pm Friday.
Eastern will face conference opponents Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State before participating in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in Nashville, Tenn., April 21-23.
Kaitlin Cordes can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]