Women’s tennis team meet moved to Terre Haute

Dillan Schorfheide, Women's Tennis Reporter

 

Just because its first match on its home courts was moved to Terre Haute does not mean the Eastern women’s tennis team is any less excited to face Southern Illinois — Edwardsville Tuesday.

Due to weather concerns in Charleston, the match will be played indoors at the Wabash Valley Tennis Center in Terre Haute with a new start time of 12 p.m., two hours earlier than the originally scheduled time.

After starting OVC play with a 4-3 win over Jacksonville State on Friday, Eastern (7-9, 1-0) has a chance to create a win streak while maintaining a perfect OVC record in its first two conference matches.

Junior Abby Carpenter said the Panthers are looking forward to Tuesday’s match and playing their best, especially since the Cougars (0-12,0-1) won the conference championship last year.

“Improving to that 2-0 (conference record) will just make us even more confident for us to face (Eastern Kentucky) on Friday which will be a critical match for us,” Carpenter said.

Senior Grace Summers said she wishes the match could be played in Charleston, but she and the team are excited for the match tomorrow against the Cougars.

Summers added that Friday’s victory gave the team some momentum for Tuesday’s match.

“Getting the first win in our OVC season is definitely a confidence boost because it’s always nice winning your first match of the season,” she said.

Summers is coming off a good match Friday, in which she defeated Jacksonville State’s Alessia Locati in straight sets in their singles match to give Eastern a needed team point. Summers’ singles win in the No. 2 spot improved her record to 4-3 in that spot in the lineup this Spring.

Summers also teamed up with sophomore Stella Cliffe for the doubles portion of the match to defeat Jacksonville State’s Elena Tendero and Genevie Ulanday 6-2 to help Eastern get the doubles point.

Eastern’s opponent Tuesday, Southern Illinois — Edwardsville, has had an opposite start to its conference play thus far, losing its only OVC match 6-1 to Jacksonville State. In the overall spring season, Southern Illinois — Edwardsville has been shut out eight times and has scored five total team points.

The most the Cougars have scored in a single match this spring was two points on March 2 against Western Illinois University in a 5-2 loss.

Last year, Southern Illinois — Edwardsville defeated Eastern 6-1 in Edwardsville, but Summers said the Panthers have not gone back and looked at that match to prepare for Tuesday because the teams are different from last year with freshman coming in and seniors leaving.

She added that except for the drive to Terre Haute, there is nothing different about Tuesday’s match, and the Panthers have not had to prepare any differently for it.

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