Playing 24 singles matches and 11 doubles in three days, Eagles gain wealth of experience at Jack Taylor Classic
The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team had an action-packed weekend at the Jack Taylor Classic in Boise, Idaho. All 10 members of Eastern’s 2012 roster competed at the three-day event (Sept. 28-30), which featured a total of 75 individuals from 11 different schools. By the end of the weekend, the Eagles as a team had logged 24 singles matches and 11 doubles.
In singles action, senior Kelsey Knight celebrated a win in the main draw of the most competitive blue flight, as she topped Seattle’s Gabriella Weissman in straight sets, 6-1, 7-5.
Senior Chelsea Patton, a native of Boise, Idaho, also recorded a win in her first round of the orange flight, besting Idaho State’s Wiebke Boeckmann, 6-4, 6-1. In the white flight, sophomore Brittany Ellingsen prevailed in her initial matchup against another conference rival Weber State, winning by a score of 6-1, 6-3.
Although unable to snatch wins in the main draw, sophomores Alexis Filliol and Alyssa Nagai each earned a win in their respective consolation brackets. Filliol outlasted Weber State’s Nittaya Phonharaht, 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3), while Nagai beat another Wildcat, Carly Lloyd, in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.
The most successful run for EWU came in doubles play, as Patton and sophomore Chrissy Uriarte advanced to the semifinals of the orange flight with back-to-back wins against Colorado State and Boise State. The Eagle duo won its first match, 8-4, and then edged the Broncos on their home court in a nail-biting duel, 9-8 (6).
After beating a team from Weber State in the opening round of the white flight, 8-6, Nagai and Ellingsen were ironically pitted against teammates Filliol and sophomore Helon Ricks in the semifinals. Filliol and Ricks had the upper hand in the all-EWU showdown, winning by a score of 8-6.
Sophomore Moira Hedberg competed in the most challenging blue flight in Boise, and was unable to record a win in her singles and doubles matchups, while seniors Ryann Warner and Rocio Norena also came up empty handed in their tries in the orange flight.
Eastern will have two weeks off before its next competition Oct. 19-21 in Stanford, Calif., for the ITA Northwest Regional Championships.