The Idaho womenâ€™s tennis team rebounded from a two-game losing streak to claim a 6-1 victory over Eastern Washington Friday at the Memorial Gym Courts.
The win improves Idahoâ€™s record to 11-8 overall and 5-2 in Big Sky play.Â Meanwhile, the Eagles slip to 9-9 overall and 3-4 against Big Sky opponents.
â€œ(The win) helped with conference standings and confidence standings,â€ Idaho head coach Mariana Cobra said. â€œWhen you can beat a team like that it feels good. I think we will need one more win to secure a spot in the conference tournament.â€
Approximately 75 fans were in attendance for the Vandal win.
â€œHaving a big crowd was huge,â€ Cobra said. â€œIt was really nice to have a big crowd. At the end of the day you sleep in your own bed and play on the courts you practice on. It makes a difference and you could see that in our confidence.
Senior Belen Barcenilla made the most of Senior Day in Moscow by earning a win in both singles and doubles play.
Barcenilla combined with sophomore Ana Batiri on the No. 1 doubles court to defeat Janaya Smith and Faye Worrall 6-2.
The senior later disposed of Rachel Swindell 6-0, 6-1 on the No. 4 singles court.
â€œI think it was a really special day for us,â€ Barcenilla said. â€œI think you never think about how it is getting to an end. Today is like the first day that you realize â€˜This is it.â€™â€
Barcenilla and senior Rita Bermudez were honored by the team in a pre-game ceremony before the match.
â€œToday is the first day that it struck me,â€ Barcenilla said. â€œI was really excited but had mixed feelings. I was feeling sad because we have five more matches, but at the same time I was happy because it was four years.â€
Freshman Marianna Petrei continued her dominating performance in singles play with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Moira Hedberg on the No. 1 court.
Sophomore Lucia Badillos claimed the most commanding victory for the Vandals with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Dani Young.
Freshman Celine Koets played Idahoâ€™s longest singles match of the day, defeating Faye Worrall 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-1
Janaya Smith earned Eastern Washingtonâ€™s lone point with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Bermudez on the No. 2 court.
The Vandals return to the Memorial Gym Courts at noon Sunday to face Portland State in a Big Sky matchup.
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