Gonzaga women’s tennis secured another win Wednesday evening in the Stevens Center, with a final score of 4-0. Once GU scored its fourth point, the remaining matches were called off. This is the second time this season the Zags faced Eastern Washington and won.
Starting off strong, the Zags won their doubles games at all three courts, securing their first point of the match. Senior Taylor Gruber and freshman Kianna Oda dominated their set on court three with a final score of 6-0.
On court two, graduate players Kate Ketels and Haruna Tsuruta executed a strong lead for their set. Only allowing the Eagles to take one game, the combination of Ketels’ overhead returns and Tsuruta’s speed ensured them taking the second and final set of the doubles match with a score of 6-1.
The most contentious doubles game was taking place at court one, where junior Adrianna Sosnowska and graduate player Hannah Jones were teamed up. There was some serious back and forth between the teams, with the Zags taking the first game, only for the Eagles to take the next two games. The Zags then tied them at 2-2, and took the lead with the final score being 4-2. They stopped the set at this time since the other two had already finished.
The Zags carried this strong momentum during their following singles matches.
Over at court five, Gruber scored the second official point for GU. With her opponent senior Rylee Braeden taking the first game, Gruber came back strong securing a 6-2 score for the first set. The second set played out similarly but more intensely as Braeden initially took the lead, only for Gruber to tie the score 3-3. The process repeated with Braeden taking the lead again, and Gruber tying again. This served as a turning point for Gruber, as she took the second set with a score of 6-4.
Tsuruta maintained a steady lead during both of her sets over at court four. With both of her sets ending with a score of 6-2, Tsuruta would not let up and let the ball get away from her. Her efforts clinched the third point for GU, putting them only one match point away from victory.
Sophomore Cate Broerman experienced some back and forth during her first set at court three. At a 4-5 score, Broerman fought back and won the next two games, forcing her opponent into a deuce. Broerman then took the set at 7-5.
During the second set, Breorman maintained a strong presence and kept a steady lead, winning at a score of 6-1. Breorman’s win allowed GU to take the winning fourth point.
Meanwhile at court six, freshman Tiegan Aitken lost her first set 6-7, and was losing in her second set at a score of 3-1. Ketels won her first set 7-6, and was in the lead during her second set (3-2) at court one.
One of the most contentious games took place at court two between Sosnowska and EWU senior Zoey Nelson. Nelson had the lead for most of the first set, but Sosnowska made an impressive comeback, winning at 7-6. Sosnowska kept that lead during the second set, with it ending at 5-2.
The Zags’ stellar performance tonight serves as a turnaround after two previous losses against University of Arizona. Fans can look forward to two upcoming home games on Saturday, with GU first facing University of Idaho at 11 a.m., and then Seattle University at 5 p.m.