April 3, 2011

Eagles Blanked by No. 46 Sacramento State

Eastern, now 1-5 in conference, takes a break from Big Sky to host Gonzaga on Wednesday

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team put up a strong fight against one of the top 50 teams in the nation, but the Hornets of Sacramento State proved too much for EWU, as the Eags fell 7-0 on Sunday (April 3) afternoon at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.

The highlight of the match came at No. 1 singles, as junior Nefeli Diamanti was able to win the most games of any Eagle against the nationally-ranked and reigning Big Sky Player of the Week, Tatsiana Kapshai. Diamanti fell in straight sets, but not before taking eight games from Kapshai, who ranks 122nd nationally.

Freshman Helon Ricks suffered her first loss in conference when she was bested by Sac State's Clarisse Baca, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Ricks had won all five previous Big Sky matches. She currently owns the best overall singles record on the team at 10-7.

Sophomore Chelsea Patton fell at No. 5 singles, 6-2, 6-1, while sophomore Rocio Norena also lost in straight sets at No. 6, 6-0, 6-1.

The Eagles will stay at home for their next match against non-conference foe Gonzaga. Eastern hosts GU on Wednesday (April 6) at 3 p.m. Eastern played the Bulldogs earlier in the year in Spokane, and fell 6-1 in the match.

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