Eastern looking to snap seven-match losing skid in trip to Golden State
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With finals week winding down, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will turn its full attention to the courts, as the team prepares for a trio of non-conference matches in California during the week of spring break. The Eagles will play Colorado State in Fullerton, Calif., on Saturday (March 19), followed by matches against Cal State L.A. and Cal State Fullerton on March 20 and 23, respectively.
The Eagles will be in hot pursuit of a win during the trip to the Golden State, as the team is currently on a seven-match losing skid. Although unable to nab the desired 'W,' Eastern has been very competitive in its last few outings.
Last weekend against Montana State, the Eagles won at No. 2 doubles and then recorded impressive wins at No. 5 and 6 singles. But the Bobcats managed to nab the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and 3 and went on to claim the match with four singles wins.
Eastern then played non-conference foe Seattle on Sunday – a team EWU had beaten 6-1 earlier in the season. But in the rematch, the Eagles had a thinner roster due to a few mid-season injuries. Seattle and Eastern each won three matches in singles play, but the Redhawks won the coveted doubles point, thus taking the match by a narrow 4-3 decision.
Eastern is now 5-11 overall in the 2011 campaign and 1-4 in Big Sky action, which ties them for sixth in the league standings. Eastern's first opponent on the week, Colorado State, is 4-5 this season. Two of CSU's four victories have come against other Big Sky schools. The Rams bested Montana and Montana State by the same score of 4-3 earlier in the year.
On Sunday (March 20), the Eagles will face Cal State L.A. – an NCAA Division II school from the California Collegiate Athletic Association. The Golden Eagles, who are 3-9 on the season, are ranked as the No. 9 team in the west region of Division II tennis.
The final match in Eastern's spring break road trip is against Cal State Fullerton, which is 3-12 in the 2011 campaign. The Eagles and Titans have three of the same opponents on their 2011 schedules, including Portland, Colorado State and Idaho. CSUF lost to Portland, 5-2 earlier in the year and have yet to play the other two shared opponents. Eastern also lost to the Pilots, but by a slightly closer margin of 4-3.