Eagles Fall 5-1 in Abbreviated Match with Cal State Fullerton
Doubles action between EWU and CSF canceled due to heavy rains in Orange County
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team wrapped up its spring break trip to California with a match against the Titans of Cal State Fullerton on Wednesday (March 23) in Fullerton, Calif. The Eagles and Titans only managed to fit in the six singles matches before heavy rains hit the area. All three doubles matches were canceled midway through, resulting in a 5-1 loss for EWU.
Eastern is now 5-12 in the 2011 season, and will return to conference action next week with a 1-4 mark in the Big Sky.
Eastern's lone victory against the Titans came at No. 6 singles, as sophomore Rocio Norena blanked CSF's Katie Nichols, 6-0, 6-0. Norena has now won two of her last three outings at No. 6, including a league victory over Montana State's Lucy Fairbotham on March 12.
Sophomore Ryann Warner won her first set at No. 3 singles, but was edged in the second and third sets by CSF's Monica Rodriguez, who took the match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Junior Nefeli Diamanti played at No. 1 singles for the first time in her Eagle career, and although she lost the match, she had several strong games against CSF's top player. Diamanti won three games in the first set and two in the second.
The Eagles will have just over a week off from competition before they return to the courts to face one of the toughest teams not only in the Big Sky, but in the entire nation. The Hornets of Sacramento State are currently ranked 46th in NCAA Division I tennis. Sac State's Tatsiana Kapshai is among the top 150 individual players in the country, while also ranking in the top 75 in doubles, with partner Rebeca Delgado. Eastern will play Sac State in Cheney on Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.