Gaels top Eagles in Eugene

Gaels top Eagles in Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Eastern Washington women’s tennis wrapped up its road trip to Oregon today, playing a neutral match against Saint Mary’s. Eastern dropped the match, 6-1, picking up a win in singles. The Eagles are now 0-4 on the season. 

“We had some good moments today, but just were not able to come through in the bigger moments,” head coach Dustin Hinson said. “We battled really close in doubles and had a great win at number one doubles. The number two doubles came down to a tiebreaker and we fell short on being able to secure the point. Our singles’ matches were just a bit inconsistent today. We had a hard time trusting our shots in the pressure moments. We had a dominating win by [Anait] Arutiunian at the number two singles and a really close three set battle by [Leandra] Nizetic at number four. Anait continues to impress with her singles play. We definitely were able to see a lot of things we want to work on in training moving forward. We will get back to work this week to be ready to tackle the upcoming matches.”

Anait Arutiunian, playing at the No. 2 singles spot, was dominant, winning in two sets over Tian Yu Dong. Arutiunian did not lose a game on the way to the victory.

The team looked to secure the doubles point and started strong as Scout Mathews and Isabella Foshee delivered a 6-4 win at the No. 1 position against Iman Khan and Olivia Rook. At the No. 2 spot, Arutiunian and Jennifer Kida partnered, nearly getting a win against Yu Dong and Juliette Daries in a 7-6 decision. 

Leandra Nizetic also was close to earning a point in singles against Daries. The sophomore won the second set, 6-2, but fell in the tiebreaker, 10-8. 

Iman Khan  def. Jennifer Kida (6-1, 6-1)
Anait Arutiunian def. Tian Yu Dong (6-0, 6-0)
Stefanie Silva def. Isabella Foshee (6-3, 6-0)
Juliette Daries def. Leandra Nizetic (7-6, 2-6, 10-8)
Olivia Rook def. Kelly Arends (6-0, 6-3)
Sofia Daryaie def. Kenzington Mann (6-4, 6-3)

Scout Mathews / Isabella Foshee def. Iman Khan / Olivia Rook (6-4)
Tian Yu Dong / Juliette Daries def. Anait Arutiunian / Jennifer Kida (7-6)
Stefanie Silva / Sofia Daryaie def. Leandra Nizetic / Kelly Arends (6-2)

Up Next
Eastern Washington has its home opener next Saturday (Feb. 10) against Seattle U. The first match begins at 10 a.m. Pacific Time. EWU then travels to Spokane to play New Mexico on Sunday (Feb. 11) in a neutral match. 

Eastern Washington University Athletics sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports, six for men and eight for women, both as learning opportunities for its most athletically talented students and as an enhancement to student and community life. Eastern is affiliated with Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and is a member of the Big Sky Conference, an association of 10 regional schools with comparable enrollments and academic goals.

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