Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington women's tennis team fell to visiting Utah State, 7-0, in a nonconference match on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse.
Eastern (1-5) narrowly missed out on winning the doubles point before Utah State (6-1) won all six singles matches, overcoming a valiant effort from a number of Eagles.
"I was super happy with the effort the team put out," head coach Dustin Hinson said. "We had a chance to win the doubles point with a match point opportunity in the No. 1 position, and we had a number of close singles matches. We're working on playing smarter and using good match strategy when we're out there, and I'm seeing that progression in the team."
Junior Brittany Ellingsen and freshman Malieva Hedberg won the No. 3 doubles match, 8-7 (2), fighting back from an early deficit. Junior Moira Hedberg and freshman Erin Blessing, playing as a pair for the first time this season, had match point in the No. 1 doubles match but were unable to close it out, falling 8-7 (6).
Blessing and Ellingsen each played hard-fought singles matches at the No. 2 and No. 4 positions, respectively. Blessing dropped a close battle to Utah State's Kallie Sperry 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5) while Ellingsen fell to the Aggies' Lexi Turley 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
Eastern is back in action on Friday, Feb. 21, taking on PAC-12 member Washington State in Pullman. First serve is set for 6 p.m.