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Women's Tennis News & Highlights

May 01, 2014

Eagles Fall In Freedom Semifinal

Eastern senior Elaine Grazulis retired from collegiate tennis after Thursday's playoff match.

Eastern senior Elaine Grazulis retired from collegiate tennis after Thursday's playoff match.

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa.--Eastern Women's Tennis challenged the top-seeded Wilkes University Colonels on Thursday afternoon in the opening round of the Freedom Conference tournament, but fell by a score of 5-0.

The Eagles knew the first round would be a tough one, having to face a dynasty team like Wilkes. Wilkes has won the last seven Freedom Conference titles and will looking for their eighth on Saturday against King's College.

Eagles' head coach Mark Spangler was proud of the way the team played all season in order to get to the playoffs. The Eagles will be returning five starters and coach Spangler hopes that having that core of returning players will make the team stronger in 2014-2015. Eastern senior Elaine Grazulis completed her career on Thursday.

For the first time against a Division III opponent this season, the Eagles' No. 1 doubles unit of Jenna Laubach and Megan Klosterman dropped a match. Laubach and Klosterman had beaten Wilkes' No. 1 team in April 8-4, but Wilkes' Ally Kristofco and Ana English won the revenge match 8-0.

Megan Klosterman had taken a one-set lead in No. 2 singles play, but the match was called after Wilkes had won the fifth and deciding match.

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Singles competition
1. Ally Kristofco (WUWT) vs. Jenna Laubach (EUWT) 6-2, 0-1, unfinished
2. Kendra Croker (WUWT) vs. Megan Klosterman (EUWT) 3-6, unfinished
3. Taylor Hoffmann (WUWT) def. Jenn Balbi (EUWT) 6-0, 6-1
4. Ana English (WUWT) def. Elaine Grazulis (EUWT) 6-0, 6-1
5. Amanda Rossi (WUWT) vs. Laura Thomas (EUWT) 6-0, 3-0, unfinished
6. Madison Salmon (WUWT) vs. Nicole Filipek (EUWT) 6-0, 5-2, unfinished



Doubles competition
1. Ally Kristofco/Ana English (WUWT) def. Jenna Laubach/Megan Klosterman (EUWT) 8-0
2. Kendra Croker/Taylor Hoffmann (WUWT) def. Laura Thomas/Nicole Filipek (EUWT) 8-2
3. Madison Salmon/Olivia Hewison (WUWT) def. Jenn Balbi/Elaine Grazulis (EUWT) 8-3


Match Notes
Eastern 9-7
Wilkes University 16-2
Order of finish: Doubles (); Singles (3,4)
2014 Freedom Conference Semifinal


Updated: Friday, 02 May 2014


Mark Spangler

Mark Spangler

Coach Spangler enters his fourth year at the helm of the Eastern Women's Tennis Program.

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