March 27, 2012

Women’s Tennis Drops 7-0 Decision to San Jose State; Match Against San Francisco Rained Out

Eastern unable to finish final match on spring break trip

After 40 minutes on the courts, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team had to call it quits due to a downpour in San Francisco, Calif. Eastern was able to fit in a match against San Jose State the day before, but the Eagles suffered a 7-0 loss to the streaking Spartans, who have 10-consecutive matches.

Eastern (3-11, 1-2 Big Sky) will return to Cheney for three important Big Sky matchups next week, starting with Idaho State on Wednesday (April 4).

The Eagles had a strong start Monday against San Jose State, as they were just moments away from capturing the doubles point. But unfortunately, EWU came up just short in gaining that early advantage.

Juniors Ryann Warner and Rocio Norena lost their match at No. 2, 8-1. Eastern quickly earned that point back though when junior Chelsea Patton and sophomore Kelsey Knight downed their opponent at No. 3 by a score of 8-3.

With the doubles point now riding on their match, freshmen Moira Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte found themselves in a precarious position against SJSU's No. 1 pair of Erica Medlin and Sabastiani Leon Chao.

Down 7-4, the Eagle duo mounted an incredible comeback, as it won four-consecutive games to go ahead 8-7. But the Spartans managed to force a tiebreaker, which they ended up winning, 7-4.

After her 96-minute doubles match, Hedberg faced Leon Chao again at No. 1 singles. Hedberg endured another tiebreaker in the dual, but could not get the job done, as she fell 6-2, 7-6.

Patton lost in straight sets at No. 2 singles, as did Uriarte at No. 3. Warner played a competitive match at No. 5 against SJSU's Isadora Busch. She lost the first set, 6-1, but then rallied for a 6-2 victory in the second. Warner was not able to hold on in the third though, as Busch prevailed with a 6-3 decision.

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