Eagles gear up for three matches in three days, which includes meetings with two more nationally-ranked opponents
Eastern vs. Sacramento State
Friday, Feb. 8 | 5 p.m. PST
Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse | Cheney, Wash.
Eastern at Washington State
Saturday, Feb. 9 | 4 p.m. PST
Hollingbery Fieldhouse | Pullman, Wash.
Eastern at Lewis-Clark State
Sunday, Feb. 10 | 12 p.m. PST
LCSC Tennis Center | Lewiston, Idaho
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team has not had an easy go of it in the early 2013 season. After facing back-to-back nationally-ranked opponents to open the year, the Eagles now prepare to face two more this weekend - one of which is the 2013 Big Sky opener.
The Eagles will play their first home match of the season on Friday (Feb. 8) when they host No. 58 Sacramento State at 5 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
Eastern will then take on No. 35 Washington State in Pullman on Saturday (Feb. 9) before heading to Lewiston, Idaho to take on Lewis-Clark State on Sunday (Feb. 10).
With the trio of matches, Eastern will be looking for its first win after starting the year 0-3.
“We play some strong teams this week, but it’s nothing new, because we have already played strong teams,” said EWU interim head coach Dustin Hinson. “Right now, we are really working on our confidence and finishing points in these competitive matches. I am trying to get the team to focus on just performing well and not necessarily worrying about the results. I really think if we hit the shots we know we can hit, we could win a couple matches this weekend. I don’t want the girls to go in thinking we’re already beat because our opponent is supposed to be better. We need to believe in ourselves on every point.”
Having won 11-straight Big Sky titles, Sacramento State was the clear favorite for the 2013 season, but the Hornets did lose two All-Big Sky first-team selections from a year ago.
Like Eastern, Sac State has played some formidable competition in the early 2013 season. The Hornets come in with an 0-2 record, with a pair of 7-0 losses to No. 28 Arizona and No. 20 Texas Tech.
The Cougars of Washington State are 3-2 on the season, while Lewis-Clark State is 1-0. The Eagles will be looking for their eighth-consecutive win over the Warriors. Eastern has not dropped a match to LCSC since the 2002-03 season.
- Sophomore Moira Hedberg, a 2012 All-Big Sky second-team selection, picked up her first win in both doubles and singles in EWU’s most recent outing against Portland (Jan. 27). Hedberg outlasted UP’s Maja Mladenovic in three sets at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 2-6, 6-3. That came after she and partner Chelsea Patton celebrated an 8-5 win in doubles. In her Eagle career, Hedberg has played in the No. 1 spot for EWU in 19 of 20 matches.
- Sophomore Alexis Filliol, a transfer from Northern Colorado, was the first Eagle to record a win in the 2013 season when she beat Oregon’s No. 6, Lena Macomson, in straight sets, 6-4, 6-0.
- Eastern entered the 2013 season with six returning letterwinners, two returning squad members, two returning redshirts and one newcomer.