February 23, 2014

Women's Tennis Flies Past Visiting Whitman

Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington women's tennis team cruised past visiting Whitman, 5-2, Sunday, Feb. 23, in a nonconference match at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse.

Eastern (2-5) won all three doubles matches over Whitman (3-5) before taking four of the six singles matches.

"I'm very proud of the fight the team showed today," head coach Dustin Hinson said. "The matches you are expected to win can be tough because your opponents have nothing to lose. We played with good intensity all the way through, and we were able to work on a few things on the court. Overall, I thought we played really smart tennis."

Junior Moira Hedberg and freshman Erin Blessing defeated Whitman's top doubles pair, 8-3 while freshman Katrina Domingo and Dani Young were victorious in the No. 2 position, 8-4, in their first match as partners.

Junior Brittany Ellingsen and freshman Malieva Hedberg improved to 3-0 as doubles partners with an 8-6 victory over Whitman's No. 3 doubles pair, giving EWU the crucial doubles point.

All four of Eastern's singles victories came in straight sets. Moira Hedberg defeated Whitman's No. 1 player, Courtney Lawless, 6-1, 6-1, while Blessing bested Whitman's No. 2 player 6-1, 6-4.

Young flew past Morgan Lawless 6-2, 6-0 in the third position while Domingo was victorious in the fourth position 6-4, 6-3.

Playing in the sixth position, Malieva Hedberg was forced to resign due to injury.

The Eagles are back in action on Saturday, Mar. 1, when they open Big Sky play at Northern Colorado. Match time is set for 11 a.m. PST.

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