Sophomore equals single season record with 14 victories in season-ending 4-3 setback against Portland State
Sophomore Moira Hedberg had a dominating performance to equal a school record, but it wasn’t as easy for her teammates as the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team ended its season with a 4-3 loss to Portland State Friday (April 19) at Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
Hedberg dominated PSU’s Mandy Mallen for a 6-1, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles, and tied the single season school record of 14 victories set by Kasey Knox in 2007. Hedberg finished her season 14-8 overall – all at No. 1 singles -- and was 9-1 in the league. The Oxnard, Calif., native has not lost a conference match since Feb. 8 against then-nationally ranked Sacramento State.
Hedberg also combined with senior Chelsea Patton for an 8-4 win at No. 1 singles, giving them a 9-6 record for the year. Eastern also registered a victory at No. 2 doubles by sophomores Chrissy Uriarte and Alexis Filliol, thus giving EWU the doubles point heading into singles competition.
A win by Hedberg gave EWU a 2-0 lead, but Eastern managed only a 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 victory by Uriarte at No. 2 singles the rest of the match.
“It was great to see Moira battle to get the record,” said Eastern head coach Dustin Hinson. “She played really well and fought through the pressure as usual. I was also really pleased to see Chrissy step up and get that third set. She played her best tennis in the third set, which shows her ability to come through under pressure.”
Eastern’s four seniors – Patton, Kelsey Knight, Rocio Norena and Ryann Warner were honored before the match began, although Knight was sick and unable to play. Eastern finished the year 6-16 overall, and 3-7 in Big Sky Conference play, but was eliminated prior to Friday from contention for one of six spots in the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Portland State improved to 12-12 overall and also finished 3-7 in the league.
The trio of Knight, Patton and Warner left their marks on Eastern’s program with a collective total of 76 singles victories and 64 doubles wins, with Norena adding seven in singles and eight in doubles.
“We were so close, but it was tough without Kelsey in the lineup,” said Hinson. “I’m super proud of all the players this season. Their great attitudes and positive outlook made it a lot of fun.”