Eagles complete busy weekend of three matches in three days, highlighted by a perfect singles run for junior Rocio Norena
After celebrating its first Big Sky win of the season against Portland State, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team suffered two tough losses on the road to Portland and Oregon. Eastern fell to the Pilots, 5-2, on Saturday (March 10), before dropping a 6-1 decision to Oregon on Sunday (March 11).
The Eagles are now 2-8 in the 2011-12 campaign. Despite the team's two losses, junior Rocio Norena had much to smile about after the weekend, as she won all three of her singles matches.
Norena outlasted Portland State's Nayanatara Vadali, 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-2) to help EWU capture the 5-2 win. The following day against Portland, she dominated her opponent at No. 6, winning it two swift sets, 6-0, 6-3. In the final outing against Oregon, Norena was the only Eagle to record a win, as she bested UO's Lena Macomson at No. 6, 6-2, 6-2.
In Eastern's dual with UP, there were three three-set matches and two tiebreakers.
The Eagles fell behind early though with three losses in doubles. Juniors Ryann Warner and Rocio Norena forced a tiebreaker against UP's Gabrielle Gorence and Katy Krauel at No. 3 doubles, but the Eagle duo could not hold on, as they fell 8-7 (7-5).
In singles action, freshman Moira Hedberg played a close match against Anastasia Polykova at No. 1, but Hedberg came up just short in a three-setter. She opened with a strong 6-3 win in the first, and then battled to a tiebreaker in the second set before falling 7-6 (7-2). Polykova went on to win the third as well, 6-1.
Sophomore Kelsey Knight, who was playing at No. 3, also lost in three sets to UP's Valeska Hoath. After losing the first, 6-1, Knight rallied for a 6-4 win in the second. But in the decisive third, Hoath had the edge, winning with a 6-1 decision.
Warner suffered a similar fate at No. 5, as she dropped her first set against Alice Tucker, 6-3, but then won the second by a score of 6-4. In the matchbreaker, Warner lost by a very narrow 10-8 margin.
Along with Norena, freshman Chrissy Uriarte celebrated a win against the Pilots. She downed Emmily Mahairas at No. 4, 6-0, 6-3.
On Sunday against Oregon, the Eagles lost in straight sets in each of their five losses at No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 singles. Hedberg did force a tiebreaker at No. 1 against Julia Metzger, but eventually fell, 7-6, 6-0.
Eastern will return to action next weekend with a pair of matches on the west side. The Eags will play Air Force at the Sammamish Club in Issoquah on Saturday (March 17), followed by a match against Seattle on Sunday (March 18).