Eagles Take a Break from Conference Play for a Dual with In-State Rival Seattle
With three wins in its last three outings, Eastern looks to keep winning alive on its trip to the West side
Eastern at Seattle
Saturday, Feb. 23 | 5 p.m. PST
Sammamish Club | Issaquah, Wash.
In the last couple of years, there has been no bigger non-conference rival for the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team than the Redhawks of Seattle U.
EWU (2-5, 2-1 Big Sky) and Seattle (3-4, 0-0 WAC) have met two times in each of the last four years, and almost every one of those matches has come down to the wire. Six of the last eight have had a 4-3 result, while the other two were a 6-1 and close 5-2 decision, both ending in favor of EWU. Overall in those previous eight matches, the Eagles have had the slight edge at 5-3.
The 2013 edition will take place this Saturday (Feb. 23) when the Eagles travel to the West side to take on the Redhawks at 5 p.m. at the Sammamish Club in Issaquah, Wash.
Eastern is coming off back-to-back-to-back wins against Lewis-Clark State, Idaho State and Weber State. A win on Saturday against Seattle would tie the total number of wins the Eagles had in the entire 2012 campaign.
Interestingly, the three wins on Seattle U’s 2013 season record came against those same exact opponents. The Redhawks defeated Idaho State, 5-2, Weber State, 4-3 and most recently LCSC by a score of 5-2.
EWU sophomore Moira Hedberg enters this match as the reining Big Sky Player of the Week, after leading the Eags to the conference road sweep. Playing at No. 1 doubles and singles, Hedberg won all four of her matches against the Bengals and Wildcats, without dropping a single set the whole weekend.
Eagle News & Notes
- Four of the first five opponents on EWU's 2013 schedule were ranked in the top 75 nationally. EWU also played Lewis-Clark State, which was ranked seventh in the NAIA. The Eagles beat the Warriors, 5-2, for their first win in the 2013 campaign.
- Sophomore Moira Hedberg is leading the Eagles this season with four victories in both singles and doubles. Hedberg was an All-Big Sky second-team selection in 2012. Senior Kelsey Knight and sophomore Chrissy Uriarte each have three singles victories this year, and two as doubles partners.
- Alexis Filliol, a sophomore-transfer from Northern Colorado, earned her first win as an Eagle against Oregon - a team ranked 66th in the nation at the time. Playing at No. 6 singles, Filliol beat Lena Macomson, 6-4, 6-0.
- Eastern entered the 2013 season with six returning letterwinners, two returning squad members, two returning redshirts and one newcomer.
- While most of Eastern’s roster is filled with returners, one new face to the program is interim head coach, Dustin Hinson, who joined the Eagle staff in January 2013. Hinson is a native of Moscow, Idaho and played four years of collegiate tennis for the Vandals.
- Seniors Ryann Warner, Chelsea Patton and Kelsey Knight are among the top 15 in school history for career singles wins. Ryan currently ranks ninth in the record book with 24, while Patton and Knight are tied for 12th with 20 each. Knight and Warner have also etched their names in the single-season record book, each with 11 wins in the 2010 season, which ranks as the fourth-most in school history.