Eastern adds two players who have ranked in top 150 nationally
Eastern Washington University head tennis coach Darren Haworth and associate head women's coach Dale Silha announced the signing of two prep players to national letters of intent for the 2011-12 school year. Moira Hedberg of Oxnard, Calif., and Chrissy Uriarte of Las Vegas, Nev., will join the Eagle women's tennis program as freshmen next fall.
"We are very excited about Moira and Chrissy attending EWU," said Silha. "This is probably one of the best recruiting classes we have ever had at Eastern. These girls are both great students, exceptional athletes and have competed very well at the national level."
"Beyond their competitive success, Moira and Chrissy are just great people," added Silha. "They have fun personalities and work really hard on the court and in the classroom."
According to tennisrecuriting.net, Hedberg is tabbed as a four-star recruit and is among the top 40 players in the Southwest region. She achieved her highest junior ranking of 144 in 2010 after tallying a 22-29 overall record in national tournaments. She has recorded two wins over five-star recruits and six wins against other four-star athletes.
Throughout her preparatory career, Hedberg earned an incredible 186-10 overall record in singles play. She has captured the Pacific View League singles title for four-consecutive years, and was named the PVL Player of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010. She is also a four-time Ventura County Star first-team selection and is a member of the National Honor Society.
After dropping only one match during her senior season and taking home the PVL singles crown for the fourth year in a row, Hedberg earned a bid to the prestigious California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Championships, held this Thursday and Friday (Dec. 2-3) in Los Alamitos, Calif. Hedberg was one of only 16 elite players to qualify for the event.
"Moira is a fierce competitor," said Silha. "She has done exceptionally well in the highly talented Southern California region. She has also played really well at the national level, winning some key matches this past year."
In addition to Hedberg, the Eagles welcome another player who has been mentioned among the nation's best juniors. Uriarte has been ranked in the top 100 on tennisrecruiting.net for the past four years, and in 2007 and 2008, she was ranked in the top 50. She achieved her highest juniors ranking of 44 in 2007 after garnering multiple wins at some of the most competitive tournaments in the country, including the Copper Bowl, the Easter Bowl Spring National, the Junior Orange Bowl International Championships and the USTA National Open Championships.
Uriarte is a native of Las Vegas, Nev., and competed one season at Coronado High School before transferring to the Advantage Tennis Academy in Irvine, Calif., for her sophomore year. Uriarte saw early success at the ATA, including a sixth-place finish in the 18 and younger division at the 2008 Snowball Intermountain Sectional Tournament. Unfortunately, the rest of her season was hampered after she came down with an illness.
"Chrissy is a talented player who has been recognized as one of the top 50 amateurs in the United States," said Silha. "She had to battle with illnesses for a couple seasons, but is now working hard to recover and rebuild her ranking."
Uriarte returned to Nevada and began competing again for Coronado during her senior year. She finished third overall at the 2010 Class 4A State Championships.