Eagles Drop Two Tough Matches in Conference Play

After heart-breaking loss to Weber State, Eastern falls to Northern Arizona

It started with a tough loss.

After improving its record to 2-2 in the Big Sky Conference, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team dropped two consecutive conference matches against Weber State and Northern Arizona. The Eagles' very close 4-3 loss to Weber gave the Wildcats their first mark in the win column on Saturday (April 7). Eastern then lost by a score of 5-1 to NAU on Sunday (April 8).

"Weber was a really tough loss to swallow," said women's head coach Mykala Hedberg. "It was close and it came down to some matches, but unfortunately things didn't go our way. The ball didn't fall our way that day."

And by close, she means very close.

Both Chelsea Patton (No. 2) and Chrissy Uriarte (No. 3) lost their matches in tiebreakers. Patton lost hers by a score of 8-6, while Uriarte lost 7-5.

Highly-touted freshman Moira Hedberg won at No. 1 singles by a score of 6-3, 6-1 and Ryann Warner defeated Michelle Warwick at No. 5, 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

"Even though it was tough, the girls did a good job bouncing back after that loss," said Mykala. "We knew NAU was going to be even tougher."

The Eagles jumped off to a slow start, as all six of the singles matches saw NAU win the first set. However, Uriarte and Nefeli Diamanti took their second sets to tiebreakers and Kelsey Knight and Warner lost the second set 7-5.

Moira lost at No. 1 singles 2-6, 4-6.

"The girls did a really good job competing," said Mykala. "They ended up turning it around and played a great match."

The Lady Eags finish off their season next weekend by visiting Montana and Montana State on consecutive days.

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