Thunderbirds Defeat Eastern Washington
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- The Southern Utah University women’s tennis team topped Eastern Washington 4-3 at home for the Thunderbirds’ second win of the 2017 season in a Big Sky Conference matchup.
The Thunderbirds secured the first point of the match with two wins in the doubles competition. In the No. 2 position, T-Birds’ junior Laura Martin Lozano and senior Evgenia Marushko defeated Eagles’ Erin Blessing and Rachel Swindell 7-6 (5).
The Thunderbirds claimed the doubles point after sophomore Charity Sagiao and freshman Cloe Stocking topped Eagles’ Katrina Domingo and Valentina Sottile 6-2.
In the singles competition, SUU’s second point of the match was won by Sagiao in the No. 4 position over Swindell 7-6 (5), 6-2.
In the No. 1 position, Marushko took the third point for the Thunderbirds against Eagles’ Janaya Smith 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Tied at 3-3, the match came down to Mikala Lowrance in the No. 2 position. Lowrance persevered after losing her first set to take the winning point over Eastern Washington’s Faye Worrall 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
“I’m really proud of how the girls competed today,” SUU head coach Rose Ketmayura said. “We were finally able to pull out the three set matches. Our team level has been getting better and we pushed over the hump today. They never gave up and fought until the end.”
The T-Birds will play at home again in Cedar City on Saturday, April 1 against Portland State at 10 a.m. for another Big Sky matchup.
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1. MARUSHKO, Evgenia (SUU) def. SMITH, Janaya (EWU) 3-6, 6-1, 6-3
2. LOWRANCE, Mikala (SUU) def. WORRALL, Faye (EWU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
3. BLESSING, Erin (EWU) def. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Tere (SUU) 6-2, 6-0
4. SAGIAO, Charity (SUU) def. SWINDELL, Rachel (EWU) 7-6 (5), 6-2
5. SOTTILE, Valentina (EWU) def. STOCKING, Cloe (SUU) 6-1, 6-4
6. HEINEN, Marta (EWU) def. MARTIN LOZANO, Laura (SUU) 6-1, 6-3
1. SMITH, Janaya/WORRALL, Faye (EWU) def. LOWRANCE, Mikala/ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Tere (SUU) 7-5
2. MARTIN LOZANO, Laura/MARUSHKO, Evgenia (SUU) def. BLESSING, Erin/SWINDELL, Rachel (EWU) 7-6 (5)
3. SAGIAO, Charity/STOCKING, Cloe (SUU) def. DOMINGO, Katrina/SOTTILE, Valentina (EWU) 6-2
Eastern Washington 4-11Southern Utah 2-15