Eastern will now turn attention to a couple of non-conference foes to wrap up spring break tour
There's a reason the Hornets of Sacramento State were selected as the unanimous favorite in this year's Big Sky preseason coaches' poll.
Going up against its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team struggled against No. 69 Sacramento State, falling by a score of 7-0 at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Club in Sacramento, Calif.
The win was Sac State's 87th-straight in Big Sky Conference play. The Hornets have not lost a league match since 2001.
The Hornets took control of the match from the get go, as EWU (3-10, 1-2 Big Sky) suffered three quick losses in doubles play. Freshmen Moira Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte fell at No. 1, 8-2, while Eastern's No. 2 and 3 pairs both lost by a score of 8-1.
In singles, Hedberg had a strong first set against two-time Big Sky MVP Tatsiana Kapshai, but ended up falling 6-4. Kapshai then put the match away with a 6-1 decision in the second set. The loss was Hedberg's first in conference play. The rookie from Oxnard, Calif., is 7-6 on the season and 2-1 in league.
Uriarte suffered the exact same fate in her match at No. 3, falling to Clarisse Baca, 6-4, 6-1.
Sophomore Kelsey Knight was able to take several games off Sophie Lohscheidt at No. 4, but lost the match, 6-3, 6-3.
The Eagles have two more matches on tap before returning to Cheney, as they take on San Jose State on Monday (March 26) and San Francisco Tuesday (March 27).