Eastern women’s tennis wraps up fall season

Bailey Scoggins, Women's Tennis Reporter

The Eastern women’s tennis team closed up its fall season over the weekend with two runner-up flight finishes at the Murray State Fall Invite.

The invite played out from Oct. 25 to Oct. 26, and the Eastern women’s tennis team sent seven players to compete: Christine Gouws, Elizaveta Bukraba-Ulanova, Karla Contreras, Brittany Steven, Kaitlyn Snyder, Lauren Ellis and Claire Perez-Korinko.

The Panthers competed against Belmont, Western Kentucky and Murray State.

Gouws and Bukraba-Ulanova opened the tournament by participating in the Flight 1 doubles, where they were defeated 6-0 by a duo from Western Kentucky University.

Gouws and Bukraba-Ulanova ended Flight 1 doubles competition during round three where they won against a duo from Belmont University, 6-3.

Overall, they placed as runner-up for the Flight 1 Doubles.

Contreras and Steven played together in the Flight 2 doubles opening round Oct. 25. They were defeated 6-3 by a duo from Murray State.

The Eastern partners were defeated in round two against Belmont University, 6-2. Contreras and Steven closed the flight 2 doubles playing against Western Kentucky, where they won 6-3.

Contreras and Steven finished in fourth place overall for Flight 2 doubles.

Kaitlyn Snyder and Lauren Ellis were the third and final doubles tandem for Eastern, and they competed in Flight 3.

They won the quarterfinals but were defeated in the semifinals against Murray State.

Sydner and Ellis participated in extra matches on Oct. 25 against Western Kentucky and again Oct. 26 against Murray State, where they lost both matches.

Christine Gouws competed in Flight 1 singles against Cora Lynn Von Dungern of Western Kentucky, where she was defeated 6-3, 6-0.

She also played against Erin Allen of Belmont losing 4-6, 6-4, 10-2. Gouws placed fourth for the Flight 1 singles semifinals.

Bukraba-Ulanova opened up her play in the Flight 2 singles competition against Sara Loncarevic of Murray State, losing 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. She then defeated Tristen Bryant-Otake of Western Kentucky for third place, winning 6-3, 5-7, 10-8.

Contreras played in the Flight 3 singles, winning against Belmont’s Allen 6-4, 2-6, 13-11.

She then played against Laura Bernardos of Western Kentucky, losing 6-3, 6-1. Contreras placed as the runner-up for the final standings.

Steven played in the Flight 4 singles competition, losing against Lisa Friess of Western Kentucky, 7-5, 6-4. She also lost 6-2, 6-0 against Anja Loncarevic of Murray State. Steven placed fourth overall.

Ellis placed fourth in the Flight 5 singles competition as she lost both of her matches against Stasya Sharapova of Murray State, 7-5, 6-3 and Lauren Joch of Western Kentucky, 6-4, 3-6, 10-2.

Synder placed fourth in Flight 6 singles action, losing both of her matches against Nicole Chrsitiansen of Belmont 6-1, 6-0, and Zoe Wende of Western Kentucky 6-1, 6-2.

Perez-Korinko rounded out the invite for Eastern in the Flight 7 matches, losing against Wende 6-1, 6-0.


Bailey Scoggins can be reached at 581-2812 or [email protected].