Golden Eagles sweep through Southeast Missouri, 7-0

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – It was their first match in over a week, but the time off did not matter to the Tennessee Tech women’s tennis team as they picked up their second Ohio Valley Conference win when Southeast Missouri came to town.

The match was played at the Tech Indoor Center due to cold and blistering conditions outside.

“Our women played well today,” said head coach Dan Silverstein. “Southeast Missouri was coming in off a tough five matches in five days, but we did not let down.”

Things got started off right when the Golden Eagles picked up the doubles point by sweeping through all three matches. Sophomores Kelly Holtzhausen and Katie Barnhill picked up the win at the top spot over Julie Masotti and Elise Nattier, 8-2. Senior Evgenia Yartseva and freshman Alena Krutkina picked up the 8-0 win at number two doubles to clinch the doubles point.

The freshmen duo of Joanna Corkern and Laura Porras then won at number three doubles, 8-0 while number one singles started.

The reigning OVC Player of the Week, Holtzhausen had a little trouble but remained undefeated this spring at 8-0 with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 win over Masotti.

“Kelly played really well today,” Silverstein said. “She is just getting better and better as the season goes on.”

No one else on the roster had any trouble with their opponent as Tech won six of the remaining 10 sets at 6-0.

Tech (3-5, 2-1 OVC) returns to the courts on January 30 when they travel to Jacksonville State for a match at 12 p.m. The match was moved from last Friday due to weather in the eastern Alabama area.

Singles competition

1. HOLTZHAUSEN, Kelly (TTUW) def. MASOTTI, Julie (SEMO) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
2. KRUTKINA, Alena (TTUW) def. NATTIER, Elise (SEMO) 6-0, 6-1
3. BARNHILL, Katie (TTUW) def. LEBOEUF, Anna (SEMO) 6-0, 6-0
4. PORRAS, Laura (TTUW) def. SEABAUGH, Erika (SEMO) 6-1, 6-0
5. YARTSEVA, Evgenia (TTUW) def. PETTIGREW, Sarah (SEMO) 6-1, 6-0
6. CORKERN, Joanna (TTUW) def. EMILIANI, Valentina (SEMO) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. BARNHILL, Katie/HOLTZHAUSEN, Kelly (TTUW) def. MASOTTI, Julie/NATTIER, Elise (SEMO) 8-3
2. YARTSEVA, Evgenia/KRUTKINA, Alena (TTUW) def. LEBOEUF, Anna/SEABAUGH, Erika (SEMO) 8-0
3. CORKERN, Joanna/PORRAS, Laura (TTUW) def. EMILIANI, Valentina/PETTIGREW, Sarah (SEMO) 8-0