The Eutectic women's tennis team made history over the weekend, winning the first two AMC matches in the program's history. Emily Stevenson (FR/Florissant, Mo.) earned AMC Player of the Week honors for leading the Euts with four wins in those matches.
On Friday, the Lady Euts dominated the Lindenwood University-Belleville Lynx 8-1 on the STLCOP home courts at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis. The STLCOP team started off the weekend with two doubles shutouts over LUB. Stevenson and doubles partner Michelle Tulchinskaya (SO/Buffalo Grove, Ill.) earned an 8-0 win over LUB's Danilella Mershan and Roxana Lacayo at Court 1, and Jenna Smith (JR/Evansville, Ind.) and Kara Wesolowski (SO/Moro, Ill.) did not allow a game from Teah Flynn and Anni Lohmus at No. 2. The Lynx defaulted their third doubles court, and the Eutectics led 3-0 going into singles.
Playing the No. 4 singles court in the third collegiate tennis match in her career, Amber Laurent (SR/Smithton, Ill.) earned her first STLCOP singles win over Lohmus at 6-1, 6-4. Masha Kurenok (SR/Chesterfield, Mo.) lost in two sets to Mershan at No. 2 (6-1, 6-1), but the Eutectics earned two points through LUB's defaults of Courts 5 and 6. Stevenson won a hard-fought third-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles over Flynn, 4-6, 6-1, 10-5, and Smith defeated Lacayo 6-4, 4-6, 10-5 at No. 3.
On Saturday, the Euts traveled to Columbia, Mo., to claim a 6-3 win over the Stephens Stars. Stevenson and Tulchinskaya earned a quick 8-2 victory over Jada Kyle and Eden Crane at No. 1 doubles to start things off for the Eutectics. Smith and Wesolowski did not disappoint with an 8-4 win over Allex Looper and Aleesa Wolf at Court 2. The Stephens squad earned its first win of the match at Court 3 doubles when Margaret Thomas and Kerri Kircher fought off Kurenok and Laurent, 8-6.
Up 2-1 after doubles, the Eutectics needed three singles wins to clinch their second AMC win. Stevenson and Tulchinskaya dominated their opponents at Courts 2 and 1, losing only three games between the two. When Kurenok went down 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, and Smith lost a full three-set match to Wolf at No. 4, the Euts knew it would come down to the lower courts to decide the match. After breezing through the first set of her Court 5 match 6-0, Wesolowski had to work a bit harder to beat Tomas in the second set (6-4) for the win. Laurent persevered through two close sets to earn her second career victory, 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) over Kircher at Court 6.
The Lady Euts are now 8-3 (2-2 AMC) for the season. This Friday, April 21, they play host to Evangel University at Tower Grove Park at 3 p.m.