Hedberg Honored by Big Sky Conference

After celebrating two big wins at No. 1 singles and another at No. 1 doubles, freshman from Oxnard, Calif., recognized with weekly accolade

In her first year with the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team, freshman Moira Hedberg has turned a lot of heads.

The rookie out of Oxnard, Calif., has played 11 of 12 matches at No. 1 singles, earning a 7-5 record on the season. Two of those wins came last weekend in Eastern's trip to the west side. For her superior performances against Air Force and Seattle, Hedberg was tabbed as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, announced Tuesday (March 20) by the league office.

In the first matchup on the weekend against a talented 14-3 Air Force team, Hedberg took down the Falcons' No. 1 player, Melissa Cecil, in straight sets. Cecil was 9-4 at No. 1 coming into the match, which included three wins against other Big Sky opponents. Hedberg defeated Cecil handily, 6-0, 6-4.

The following day, Hedberg led EWU to an exciting 4-3 win against Seattle, which avenged a tough 4-3 loss to the Redhawks from earlier in the season.

In doubles action, Hedberg, and partner Chrissy Uriarte, found themselves in a must win situation after SU had won at No. 2 doubles, and EWU at No. 3.  It was a nail-biting match that required extra points, but the Eagle duo prevailed with a crucial 9-7 decision over Seattle's Anna Lambert and Lindsey Newman.

Hedberg then extended her team's lead when she downed Katrina Schwab at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-3.

Hedberg has won five of her last seven singles matches, all at No. 1. She is 7-5 on the season and a perfect 2-0 in BSC duals. She boasts the highest winning percentage of all No. 1 players in the conference.

The Eagles will be on the road this week for a trio of matches in California. Eastern will kick off its spring break excursion against Big Sky favorite Sacramento State on Saturday (March 24). EWU will then take on San Jose State on March 26 and San Francisco on March 27.

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