Eagles Fall to Gonzaga, 6-1

Senior Judy Liening wins fourth-straight singles matchup

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis suffered its first loss of the 2011 season, falling to Gonzaga, 6-1 on Wednesday evening at the Spokane Racquet Club in Spokane, Wash.

Senior Judy Liening was the only Eagle to record a win in singles play, as she topped GU's Britta Stime, 4-6, 6-4, 10-7. With the win at No. 5 singles, Liening remained undefeated (4-0) in the 2011 season.

Freshman Helon Ricks also played a tough match with GU's Sophie Lantta at No. 6 singles. Lantta won the first set, 6-4, but Ricks held steady in the second to force a tiebreaker at 6-6. Lantta prevailed with a 7-5 decision in the tiebreaker.

The Eagles put up a reputable fight in doubles play, but couldn't maintain momentum in the final games at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, Liening and junior Nefeli Diamanti jumped out to an early 7-4 advantage, but the Bulldogs found a rhythm and won five games in a row to take the match, 9-7.

Eastern's No. 1 pair of Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight had quite the opposite flow in their match, but unfortunately, the end result was the same. The Eagle duo was down 6-3, and then rallied back to tie the match at 6-6 after winning three-consecutive games. Gonzaga's senior pair of Rika Mendiratta and Danielle Farmer then served up two tough games to finally put it away, 8-6.

The Eagles will be back in action this Friday (Jan. 28) when they travel to the Palouse for a doubleheader with Washington State and Lewis-Clark State College. Eastern will play the Cougars at 9:30 a.m., before travelling to Lewiston to face LCSC at 4 p.m.

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