The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team battled first-place Big Sky rival Northern Arizona, but ended up dropping the match 5-2 Saturday (April 10) at the Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
In a tight match that saw five three-set matches, the Eagles fell short of being the first Big Sky team to hand the Lumberjacks a loss this season. Chelsea Patton and Ryann Warner both won their singles matches to give the Eagles their two points.
Warner's match against Alice Walker was the only match to be decided in two sets. Patton broke her opponents 11 match winning streak with her win, as Hasegawa had won 11 straight matches heading into the match.
Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight were victorious on the No. 1 doubles court, but the Eagles fell on the No. 2 and No. 3 courts to give Northern Arizona the doubles point.
The Eagles are now 10-9 overall and 4-3 in the Big Sky Conference. The Lumberjacks improved to 11-5 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the conference. Eastern will be in action on Monday (April 12) as it hosts Gonzaga, with the match set to begin at 3 p.m.
Northern Arizona 5, Eastern Washington 2
Apr 10, 2010 at Eastern Washington University (Thorpe Fieldhouse)
1. SUHAJDA, Edit (NAU) def. BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. OKI, Aimee (NAU) def. DEMERATH, Marie (EWU-W) 1-6, 6-3, 6-0
3. WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) def. KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
4. PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) def. HASEGAWA, Yumi (NAU) 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
5. PEREZ, Nicole (NAU) def. LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. WARNER, Ryann (EWU-W) def. WALKER, Alice (NAU) 6-4, 6-2
1. BAMPTON, Caitlin/KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. WALKER, Alice/HASEGAWA, Yumi (NAU) 8-2
2. PEREZ, Nicole/OKI, Aimee (NAU) def. DEMERATH, Marie/LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) 8-6
3. SUHAJDA, Edit/WAHINEPIO, Malia (NAU) def. PATTON, Chelsea/WARNER, Ryann (EWU-W) 8-2
Northern Arizona 11-5 (6-0 BSC)
Eastern Washington 10-9 (4-3 BSC)