Women’s tennis team swept over weekend

Dillan Schorfheide, Women's Tennis Reporter


Eastern’s women’s tennis team continued its losing streak that started the season on Saturday and Sunday, losing all three matches the team played.

Saturday, the Panthers traveled to South Bend to take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, which ended in a 7-0 shutout victory for the Irish.

Then on Sunday, the Panthers took on Ball State in a doubleheader.

The shutout to Notre Dame marks the second one so far in the young spring season, the first one coming against Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 21.

For the second straight match, the duo of senior Grace Summers and sophomore Stella Cliffe defeated their doubles opponents in the match. Against Illinois, Summers and Cliffe defeated their doubles opponents, who were ranked No. 45 nationally, 6-3.

On Saturday, Summers and Cliffe defeated Notre Dame’s Brooke Broda and Allison Miller by a similar score, 6-4.

After taking the doubles point, the Fighting Irish dominated the singles competition.

Cliffe and junior Srishti Slaria were the Panthers who finished with the closest scores to their opponents, both losing in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.

The two teams also played two singles matches that did not count toward the overall team score, and at the No. 8 singles spot, freshman Claire Martin defeated her Notre Dame opponent Evie Shannon 6-3.

Sunday brought better results for the Panthers against the Cardinals of Ball State.

In the first match of the doubleheader, the Panthers lost by a score of 3-4.

Cliffe had a good doubleheader for herself, winning both of her singles matches against Ball State’s Sarah Swiderski.

In the first match, Cliffe won in straight sets 6-3, 6-0. In the second match Cliffe won 6-3, 6-3.

Also picking up singles wins for Eastern in the first match, was Summers, winning 7-6, 6-4, and freshman Rachel Papavasilopoulos, winning 7-6, 6-3.

Papavasilopoulos’ singles match in the second team match went unfinished, and the Panthers lost the second match 4-2.

Picking up the other point for Eastern, along with Cliffe’s win, was sophomore Emily Pugachevsky, winning 6-4, 6-2 in straight sets.

After the matches over the weekend, Eastern now has a 0-5 record on the season. Ball State is now 3-1, and Notre Dame is 2-0.

Eastern will next host Western Illinois at the Danville Tennis Center in Danville, Ill, on Saturday at 2 p.m., and on Sunday, the Panthers will head to St. Louis to face the Saint Louis Billikens at 6 p.m.

Dillan Schorfheide can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected]