Women’s tennis team wins, loses over weekend

Dillan Schorfheide, Women's Tennis Reporter

 

Eastern’s women’s tennis team split its matches over the weekend, defeating Chicago State 5-2 and losing to Northern Illinois 4-3, with the loss to Northern becoming part of the narrative that is defining the team’s season thus far.

Including the loss to Northern on Saturday, the team has lost five matches this season in which the doubles point was or could have been the deciding factor (Eastern lost to Ball State on Jan. 28 4-2 after a singles match went unfinished).

On Saturday, Northern swept all three of Eastern’s doubles pairs to take the doubles point, going into the singles portion of the match with a lead.

Despite the loss of the doubles point and the overall match loss, junior Abby Carpenter said the Panthers fought very hard over Northern overall.

Carpenter lost her singles match against Northern’s Lara Slisko, but she nearly came away with a victory. Carpenter lost the first set 6-2, then came back in the second set and tied the match with a 6-3 victory, then fell in the third and tiebreaking set 6-3.

Freshman Claire Martin complemented what her teammate Carpenter said, adding that Northern was a good team, and she knows that everyone was disappointed that they did not win, but they were in all the matches, but a few of them didn’t go their way, she said.

Martin had a tough loss to Northern’s Brodie Walker, losing the first set 6-0, but she fought back to nearly stay alive in the second, eventually falling 7-5.

The three points for Eastern came from victories earned by senior Grace Summers, junior Srishti Slaria and sophomore Emily Pugachevsky.

The day before the close finish at Northern, Eastern in Homewood, Ill. to face Chicago State.

Martin was able to get the victory on Friday, defeating Chicago State’s Katarina Drazic in a tough 7-6, 7-5 victory.

“To get the victory I had to be able to stay in the points longer and outlast my opponent,” Martin said. “We really had long points where we had to run side to side a lot so that started getting really tiring especially when it happened almost every point.”

Martin was down 5-2 in the second set, so it was a challenge to get back into the set and close the gap, she said.

Pugachevsky, Summers, Slaria and sophomore Stella Cliffe added singles victories to help give Eastern the victory, and Summers and Cliffe were the only Eastern duo to get a doubles victory. Despite their doubles victory, Eastern did lose the doubles point.

Walking away from the weekend with a 1-1 record, both Carpenter and Martin believe the team did well.

“Our energy the entire weekend was probably the thing we did best,” Carpenter said. “Everyone at all times were constantly supporting and cheering for one another and it led to us having a good weekend.”

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