Eastern snaps six-match losing skid with strong performance in Lewiston
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team finally got the monkey off its back. After six tough losses, the Eagles celebrated their first win of the 2012 campaign - a convincing 6-1 decision over Lewis-Clark State.
The Eagles took an early lead at the LCSC Tennis Center in Lewiston, Idaho, winning two out of three doubles matches. Juniors Ryann Warner and Rocio Norena bested Samantha Teigen and Florencia Martina at No. 3, 8-4. Sophomre Kelsey Knight and freshman Chrissy Uriate had to work a little harder for their win at No. 2, but the duo prevailed, 9-8.
With her second-straight win at No. 1 singles, freshman Moira Hedberg saw her season record move above .500, as she now enjoys a 4-3 mark in singles action. Hedberg outlasted LCSC's Dominika Jasova in three competitive sets, 5-7, 6-3, 12-10.
Junior Chelsea Patton, as well as Knight, Uriarte and Warner, all won in straight sets at No. 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Warner did not drop a single game in her dominant 6-0, 6-0 victory against Samantha Teigen.
Norena battled Marina Wold at No. 6 singles, and came up just short in the arduous three-setter. Norena took the first set, 6-3, but then faltered in the subsequent two by scores of 6-3 and 14-12 in the matchbreaker.
Eastern will return to Big Sky Conference action on Friday (March 9) when they take on Portland State in Portland, Ore. The Vikings are 1-7 on the season and 0-3 in league matches.
Eastern Washington 6, Lewis-Clark State 1
02/26/12 at Lewiston, Idaho ( LCSC Tennis Center)
1. HEDBERG, Moira (EWU-W) def. JASOVA, Dominika (LCSC) 5-7, 6-3, 12-10
2. PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) def. CHONG, Dorothy (LCSC) 6-2, 7-6
3. KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. SNECKNER, Barb (LCSC) 6-3, 6-3
4. URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) def. DUGGAN, Miranda (LCSC) 6-1, 6-0
5. WARNER, Ryann (EWU-W) def. TEIGEN, Samantha (LCSC) 6-0, 6-0
6. WOLD, Marina (LCSC) def. NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) 3-6, 6-3, 14-12
1. JASOVA, Dominika/CHONG, Dorothy (LCSC) def. PATTON, Chelsea/HEDBERG, Moira (EWU-W) 8-3
2. KNIGHT, Kelsey/URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) def. SNECKNER, Barb/DUGGAN, Miranda (LCSC) 9-8
3. WARNER, Ryann/NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) def. TEIGEN, Samantha/MARTINA, Florencia (LCSC) 8-4
Lewis-Clark State 3-6
Eastern Washington 1-6