Two matches on tap for both squads, starting with nationally-ranked Ducks on Friday
The Eastern Washington University men’s and women’s tennis teams continue early-season play this weekend with two matches a piece in Eugene, Ore.
To kick off the weekend, the women’s team will face its second-straight opponent ranked in the top 75 nationally, as EWU plays No. 66 Oregon on Friday (Jan. 25) at 2 p.m. Live updates of the match will be available HERE.
Eastern opened its 2013 campaign last Saturday against No. 60 Wyoming, suffering a 7-0 loss to the Cowgirls.
Following the women’s match, the EWU men’s team will have their own duel with the Ducks, who currently rank 72nd in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association men’s national team rankings. Live updates of the men's match will also be available via www.goducks.com.
On Saturday (Jan. 26), the women will take on Portland at 9 a.m. in Eugene, while the men play South Carolina Upstate at 1 p.m.
Men's Match Previews
The men will be looking to build on its performance from the season-openers last Sunday, in which EWU lost a 7-0 decision to Idaho, but rebounded in the second half of its doubleheader with a fourth-consecutive sweep of Whitworth. Leading the Eagles in the season debut was sophomore-transfer Eduardo Martinez and freshman Tomas Aranguiz.
Eastern has played Oregon in five of the last six seasons, although it will be the first meeting for most of the players, as EWU’s 2013 roster features nine newcomers.
The Eagles are 0-5 against the Pac-12 team in that time, but in four of the five meetings, EWU has picked up at least one win in doubles and one in singles.
This will be the first-ever meeting between EWU and USC Upstate.
Women's Match Previews
The women’s team will be looking to snap two long-standing losing streaks against both Oregon and Portland. The Eagles are 0-7 against the Ducks since their first meeting in 1994.
While many of the matches against Portland have been decided by just one or two points, EWU has been on the losing end in 14-consecutive meetings with the Pilots, including eight in a row from 2004-12. The last time EWU celebrated win over UP was Feb. 27, 1993.
In order to pick up a first-ever win against Oregon and the first in two decades against Portland, the Eagles will rely heavily on the leadership of senior Chelsea Patton, as well as the talents of sophomores Moira Hedberg, Chrissy Uriarte and Helon Ricks, who represented the top four spots for EWU in the season opener.