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Golden Eagle women open weekend with 5-2 win over SIUE

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech women's tennis team got the holiday weekend started with a victory Friday afternoon, downing visiting SIU Edwardsville, 5-2, on a warm and sunny afternoon on the Tech campus courts.

Tech will host Murray State Saturday at 2 p.m. in an Ohio Valley Conference contest.

Junior Diana Woodcock (in photo with head coach Kenny Doyle) claimed the point that clinched the match, giving Tech a 4-2 lead with her strreight set win at No. 2 singles. Junior Katie Barnhill tacked on the fifth point, finish the day's action with a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles.

The Golden Eagle women rolled to wins in all three doubles contests to stake themselves to a 1-0 lead. The first match to finish was an 8-0 shutout by Leydi Zora and Barnhill at the No. 3 position, topping Kelsey Laird and Amanda Miller. Laura Porras and Woodcock paired up for an 8-3 win at No. 2 over Ali Wulfers and Amanda Niebur, then Victoria Cran and Frederike Kahl outlasted Carli Connors and Maggie Boeckmen, 8-6, to nab the No. 1 spot.

Zora, a Golden Eagle freshman from Columbia, cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Laird at No. 1 to get the singles play underway. Three courts over, Porras also took a straight set win, topping Niebur, 6-2, 6-1.

The Cougars made it 3-2 as Boeckmen slipped past Kahl, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 3 and Wulfers took a win at No. 5 when Joanna Corkern was forced to retire due to an injury.

That set the stage for Woodcock to put the win into the books when she walked off with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Connors at No. 2. Barnhill's win at No. 6 came over Miller to end play.

Tech improved to 2-10 on the year while SIUE fell to 3-14.

Tennessee Tech 5, SIU Edwardsville 2
Cookeville, Tenn. – April 2, 2010
Tech Tennis Courts

Singles

No. 1 – Leydi Zora (TTU) def. Kelsey Laird, 6-1, 6-1
No. 2 – Diana Woodcock (TTU) def. Carli Connors, 6-2, 6-2
No. 3 – Maggie Bloeckman (SIUE) def. Frederike Kahl, 6-3, 6-1
No. 4 – Laura Porras ((TTU) def. Amanda Niebur, 6-2, 6-1
No. 5 – Ali Wufers (SIUE) def. Joanna Corkern, 5-4 retired
No. 6 – Katie Barnhill (TTU) def. Amanda Miller, 6-2, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1 – Victoria Cran/Kahl (TTU) def. Connors/Bloeckman, 8-6
No. 2—Porras/Woodcock (TTU) def. Wulfers/Niebur, 8-3
No. 3 – Zora/Barnhill (TTU) def. Laird/Miller, 8-0 

Records
Tennessee Tech 2-10
SIU Edwardsville 3-14