Postseason hopes dashed in loss to Lady Griz
It was a tall task for the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team, which had to win both matches on the road this weekend against Montana and Montana State in order to have a shot at the postseason. But the Eagles went in hopeful. Unfortunately, luck was not on their side this Friday the 13th, as the Eagles fell to Montana, 6-1, at The Peak Racquet Club in Missoula, Mont.
With the loss, EWU falls to 4-14 on the year and 2-5 in Big Sky Conference action, while the Lady Griz improve to 12-7 overall and 5-2 in league play. Although now out of postseason contention, Eastern will have one more opportunity to end the season on a high note when it plays at Montana State on Saturday (April 14) at 9 a.m. Pacific time.
Freshman Chrissy Uriarte was responsible for Eastern's one point on the day, as she celebrated a big win at No. 3 singles against UM's Ashley Mackey. Uriarte took the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-4) and then went on to win the second, 6-3. The rookie out of Las Vegas, Nev., has won seven matches this season, including three in conference.
Freshman Moira Hedberg was able to take a few games off Montana's Heather Davidson, but ended up falling 6-3, 6-3. Hedberg still boasts a winning record in Big Sky play at 4-3, and is now 9-9 overall in the 2011-12 campaign.
In doubles action, Patton and Knight played a competitive match at No. 3 against UM's Precious Gbadamosi and Lauren Gibson, but couldn't quite get it done, as Montana prevailed, 8-5.