Eagles Come Up Short in Pair of Road Matches

Freshman Helon Ricks records only Eagle win on the weekend to remain undefeated in conference play

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team dropped a pair of road matches this weekend at Wyoming and Northern Colorado. Eastern was blanked by UW, 7-0 on Saturday (March 5) in Laramie, Wyo., before falling to Big Sky foe Northern Colorado, 6-1 in a highly competitive match on Sunday (March 6) in Greeley.

With the two losses, EWU falls to 5-9 on the season and 1-3 in league play. The highlight of the trip came in the match against Northern Colorado, as freshman Helon Ricks downed UNC's Jill Kappel, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, to remain undefeated in Big Sky singles play. Ricks, who was playing at No. 6 on Sunday, has now won four-straight conference matches, and has the most wins overall on the season for EWU at 8-5.

Although Eastern scored just one point against UNC, it was certainly not an easy victory for the Bears. The Eagles nearly won at No. 2 doubles, but Ricks and junior Caitlin Bampton could not hold on in a tiebreaker, and fell to Jennifer Whateley and Adriana Nieto, 9-8 (9-7).

Bampton also put up a strong fight at No. 1 singles, but she fell again to Whateley, 7-5, 7-5. Sophomore Ryann Warner forced a tiebreaker in her first set at No. 3 singles, but ended up losing to Stephanie Catlin, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2.

Eastern had a harder time with the Cowgirls on Saturday, as UW swept the doubles and won all six singles matches in straight sets. Junior Nefeli Diamanti was able to win six games – the most for any Eagle – but she eventually fell to Rebecca Berger at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4.

Bampton also got a few games off her opponent in Laramie, but she fell in the top spot, 6-1, 6-4.

Eastern will return to Cheney to face Montana State in its next match on Saturday (March 12) at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse. The match is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

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