Men’s and Women’s Tennis Leave Snow Behind for Trio of Matches in California
Both Eagle squads will face Big Sky favorite Sacramento State during spring break excursion
The Eastern Washington University men's and women's tennis teams are headed to California this weekend for three matches in four days.
The men open against Pacific on Saturday (March 24) in Stockton, Calif., before taking on Fresno Pacific on Sunday (March 25) and Big Sky foe Sacramento State on Tuesday (March 27).
First up for the women's team will be Sac State, which was the unanimous favorite in this year's Big Sky preseason coaches' poll. The Eagles will then play San Jose State on Monday (March 26) before concluding the trip at San Francisco on Tuesday.
The matches this weekend will be the first for the EWU men in nearly two weeks. The Eagles are 9-5 on the season, and a perfect 3-0 in Big Sky play. But in order to keep that undefeated league record intact, Eastern will undoubtedly have to be at the top of its game in California. To wrap up the spring break trip, the Eagles will play at Sac State - a team that has won 22 straight Big Sky duals.
Eastern has not won a regular-season match against the Hornets in more than a decade, but in the 2008 Big Sky Championships, EWU upset Sac, 4-3, to win the tournament title and advance to the NCAA Championship for the first time in school history. Last year, the Eagles just barely lost to the Horents in a highly competitive match in Cheney. EWU and Sac each won three singles matches, but the Hornets earned the crucial doubles point to come away with the 4-3 victory.
The women's team enters its match against Sac with a 3-9 record on the season and 1-1 mark in Big Sky play. All three of Eastern's wins have come in the last four weeks, which includes an exciting 4-3 victory over Seattle in its most recent outing on March 18.
Freshman Moira Hedberg, who boasts a 7-5 record at No. 1 singles and 2-0 mark in league play, was tabbed as the Big Sky Player of the Week following that match.
Like the Sac State men, the Hornet women come in with an incredible winning streak in Big Sky play. Including the first four of this season, Sac State has won 86-straight conference duals.