Hedberg Picks Up Another Win at No. 1, but Eagles Fall in Home Match against Montana, 6-1

Sophomore Moira Hedberg wins her sixth-consecutive Big Sky singles match, while also recording an exciting win in doubles

To kick off a four-match home stand that will close out the 2013 regular-season, the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team faced the Grizzlies of Montana on Tuesday (April 2) at the outdoor tennis courts in Cheney, Wash.

Despite heroic efforts at the top of their lineup, the Eagles could not get past the Griz, falling in the Big Sky dual by a score of 6-1. 

EWU drops to 6-13 on the season and 3-5 in league play, while Montana improves to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in conference. With two league matches still remaining, which happen to be against the two opponents that are right on Eastern’s heels in the Big Sky standings, EWU is still in the running for one of six coveted spots in the 2013 Big Sky Conference tournament, held April 26-28 in Sacramento, Calif.

Eastern was quite impressive at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles on Tuesday in its first outdoor home match of the year, winning both of the arduous matches. In doubles, sophomores Moira Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte battled UM’s Heather Davidson and Laurence Pelchat to a dramatic tiebreaker, and ended up winning it, 8-7 (9-7). 

Despite the inspiring win for EWU at No. 1, Montana managed to take the doubles point with an 8-3 win at No. 2 and 8-4 victory at No. 3.

In singles, Hedberg endured another tiebreaker at No. 1, but again, she was able to outlast her opponent for a sixth-consecutive Big Sky singles win. Hedberg is now 11-8 on the year at No. 1, which includes an incredible 7-1 mark in league matches. 

Hedberg took the first set against Davidson, 6-3, but was then edged in a second-set tiebreaker, 7-6 (4). In a nail-biting matchbreaker, Hedberg prevailed, 10-8. The sophomore out of Oxnard, Calif., has not lost a Big Sky match since Feb. 8 against nationally-ranked Sac State.

Uriarte played a close match against Haley Driver at No. 2 singles, but could not come up with the win, as she fell 7-5, 6-4. Senior Chelsea Patton took six games off of Pelchat at No. 3 before falling, 6-4, 6-2. 

Senior Kelsey Knight forced three sets in her dual at No. 4, but wasn’t able to finish the job. After dropping the first set to UM’s Sasha Carter, 6-3, Knight charged back for a convincing 6-1 victory in the second. But Carter returned the favor in the rubber game, winning it all with a 6-1 decision.

Senior Ryann Warner suffered a 6-3, 6-2 defeat at No. 5, and redshirt-sophomore Helon Ricks, who was playing in just her second match of the year, also lost in straight sets at No. 6, 6-1, 6-0.

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