Women’s tennis wins against Detroit Mercy

The Eastern Michigan University women’s tennis team kicked off the weekend with a win against the University of Detroit Mercy at the Chippewa Club Friday. As a result, EMU improves to 3-4 this season.

The afternoon started with the doubles competition, when EMU’s Nino Mebuke and Klara Supejova took on Julia Fernandes and Elena Strakhova. The Eagles duo won 8-4.

The next match featured Detroit Mercy’s Chloe Karoub and Valeryia Kulikouskaya against Mariya Toncheva and Daphne Friedrichs, who lost 8-4.

The last doubles match found Detroit Mercy’s Raina Halabi and Irina Slizovskaya taking on Ankita Bhatia and Zsofia Biro. Detroit Mercy’s duo won 8-5.

Down 2-1, the Eagles turned to singles play in an attempt to regroup.

Mebuke defeated Slizovskaya (6-2, 6-4) and Supejova beat Karoub (6-3, 6-4).

Friedrichs started off slowly against Detroit Mercy’s Julia Fernandes, but was able to win the match (5-7, 6-2, 6-2).

Toncheva beat Detroit Mercy’s Halabi in straight sets (6-2, 6-2). Bhatia took on Detroit Mercy’s Kulikouskaya, but lost 6-3, 2-6, 6-0. EMU’s Biro defeated Strakhova in straight sets (6-1, 6-4).

EMU overcame the tough doubles competition by winning five of the six singles matches and was able to hold on, winning the match 5-2.

EMU’s Feb. 3 match at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill., ended in a 1-6 loss to DePaul.

The Eagles come home to the Chippewa Club Feb. 8 when they take on the University of Lousiville (4-1) at 1 p.m.

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