Women's tennis sweeps Stetson and Eastern Kentucky

March 12, 2008


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The JU women's tennis team recorded a key conference win, 4-3 over Stetson on March 8 in DeLand, Fla., before tallying a convincing 6-1 victory on Tuesday as they defeated Eastern Kentucky, 6-1, at the Keith Watson Tennis Complex.

Dolphins' No. 1, freshman Lina Xu, came away with the 6-2, 6-4 victory over Eastern Kentucky's Svetlana Pimenova and improved her record on the season to 10-1.

"It was a good win for us," said JU head coach Shane Wood. "Winning the doubles point was important for us and I don't think we have even played our best tennis at this point. I hope we will continue to get even better as the season goes along."

The Dolphins' No. 1-5 all claimed victory over Eastern Kenctucky, as Lena Willi, Tatiana Soldatova, Juliana Umeki and Iva Jaresova all picked up victories.

"Iva and Juliana have been playing well for us in singles," Wood said. "I was happy for Iva because she has been playing some good tennis but the results haven't always been there for her. This was a big win for her."

Willi and Fernanda Carrero combined to win the doubles No. 2 matchup 8-6 over Meredith Giles and Jemma Evers, while Xu and Umeki took the No. 3 matchup, 8-5, over Anouk Favre and Veva Heimeroth.

The Dolphins (8-3, 3-0 A-Sun) won a 4-3, battle against Stetson, and it looked like the Dolphins may be in trouble after losing the doubles point. Xu and Umeki def. Anna Leonenko and Natalie Gorham 8-5, at the No. 3 matchup, after both Dolphins' No. 1 and 2 teams fell.

"We lost the doubles point against Stetson so they had the momentum going into singles," said Wood. "They were looking to avenge the loss from last season, but the girls really stepped up to the challenge. It was really exciting and we played well under some bad weather conditions."

The Dolphins' No. 1-4 took home victories to clinch the win, with Xu, Willi, Soldatova and Umeki all continuing their winning streaks.

The Dolphins have now won five in a row and will be back in conference action on Thursday as they travel to Buies Creek, N.C., to take on Campbell.