March 31, 2013

Eagles Split Final Two Matches of Spring Break Road Swing

Eastern falls to conference foe Northern Arizona, but rebounds with impressive performance against Texas-Pan American

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team closed out its final road trip of the 2013 season with one win and one loss in Flagstaff, Ariz. 

After a lengthy rain delay and a venue change, EWU ended up dropping its match to the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona by a score of 6-1. The following day, Eastern faced Texas-Pan American n a non-conference dual, and led by the strong efforts of three seniors, EWU upended the Broncs, 5-2.

Now with a 6-12 overall record, and 3-4 mark in Big Sky play, the Eagles will return to Cheney for their final three matches of the regular season.

In the first match in Flagstaff against the hometown team, EWU found itself in an early hole after NAU swept the doubles matches.

The Lumberjacks then took the first three singles points as well to quickly clinch the match. Sophomore Chrissy Uriarte was the first to finish, as she fell at No. 2 to Ghizelene Doballah, 6-1, 6-2. Senior Chelsea Patton then dropped her match at No. 3 by a score of 6-2, 6-0, while fellow senior Kelsey Knight was edged by NAU’s Malia Pacaut, 6-1, 6-3. 

EWU sophomore Moira Hedberg did provide one high point for the Eags when she outlasted her opponent in a three-setter at No. 1. After dropping the first set, 6-2, Hedberg battled Hannah Stone to a tiebreaker in the second and ended up winning it, 7-6 (7-1).

With that momentum, Hedberg dominated the matchbreaker, 10-1, for her 10th victory of the 2013 campaign. Hedberg is now 10-8 overall, which includes an impressive 6-1 mark in conference play - all at the No. 1 spot.

Senior Ryann Warner also forced three sets in her match at No. 5, but NAU’s Alice Pacaut had the edge, earning a 4-6, 6-1, 10-5 decision.

Despite the tough conference loss on its first day in Flagstaff, EWU rebounded well with a victory against Texas-Pan American. 

As they have done in all five previous wins this year, the Eagles started off the match against the Broncs by winning the doubles point. At the No. 1 spot, Hedberg and Uriarte took down Reegan Greenwood and Dana Nazarova, 8-2, while Knight and Filliol bested their opponent at No. 3, 8-3.

In singles, EWU saw its senior members dig deep for three exciting wins to lead the Eags to victory. 

Playing at No. 3, Patton won her first set against Wanda Beguelin, 6-2. But the match was extended when Beguelin took the second set narrowly, 7-5. In the decisive third, neither player established a major advantage over the other, but Patton had the slight edge for an impressive 7-5 triumph.

Knight, playing at the No. 4 spot, also endured three sets, as she won the first one, 6-4, but then fell in the second set, 6-2. The senior out of Folsom, Calif., was able to refocus for the third and took it handily, 6-2.

At No. 5 singles, Warner had close battle with Greenwood, but was able to get it done in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. 

The most dominant performance of the day for EWU came from Uriarte, who won her match at No. 2, 6-0, 6-1.

Hedberg saw her three-match winning streak come to and end, as she was edged by Didi Fatchikova at No. 1, 6-3, 7-5. With the match already decided by EWU, Filliol and Anastasia Burobina played just one pro-set, which Burobina won, 8-4.

After three matches in four days, EWU has just one dual on-tap next week against Big Sky rival, Montana. The Eagles and Grizzlies face off on Tuesday (April 2) at 1 p.m. in Cheney.

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