Women’s Tennis Gains Valuable Experience in First Event of Fall Season

Patton and Ellingsen advance to quarterfinals of Cougar Classic after capturing wins against Big Sky opponents

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team opened its 2011 fall season this past weekend at the Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash. With a new head coach and five new players on the roster, the Eagles viewed the season-opener as a chance to simply get its feet wet.

"There are always a lot of nerves surrounding the first event of a season, especially with a new coach," said first-year associate head women's coach Mykala Hedberg. "But the team handled the pressure really well. There was a lot of support among all the players, and it was great for me to see them competing in a real tournament against different opponents. We were able to pinpoint some specific areas to work on, which will really help moving forward."

Highlighting the performances in singles action were junior Chelsea Patton and freshman Brittany Ellingsen, who both advanced to the quarterfinals of their respective brackets.

Patton, who was competing in Flight 3, won her first matchup against Lucy Fairbotham from Montana State. She beat Fairbotham in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. Patton then took on Seattle University's Corinne Wurden in the second round, and prevailed with a 6-4, 6-1 decision.

In the quarters, Patton was pitted against another conference rival in Montana's Precious Gbadamosi. Patton was able to take a few games from Gbadamosi, but ended up falling 6-2, 6-3.

Ellingsen had a similar run in Flight 4, as she won two-straight before bowing out in the quarterfinals.

In her first-round matchup, Ellingsen held on for an exciting three-set victory over Washington State's Samantha Merry. Ellingsen lost the first set to Merry, 6-3, but fought back to beat the Coug in the subsequent two with a 6-4, 6-3 effort. In the second round, she bested Marina Todd of Portland State in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Ellingsen put up an honest fight in the quarterfinals, but could not match the play of Idaho's Victoria Lozano, who was eventually crowned champion of Flight 4.

Junior Ryann Warner and freshmen Moira Hedberg each won their initial matches in Flight 2, while freshman Chrissy Uriarte won two matches against Portland State and Lewis-Clark State in the consolation bracket of Flight 1.

Hedberg and Uriarte also had a strong showing in doubles play, as the young Eagle pair took down Montana State's Andrea De La Torre and Ellie Crum in the first round, 8-3. The duo then lost in the second round to a team from Washington State, but rebounded with a dominant 8-1 performance over LCSC in the consolation bracket.

Sophomore Helon Ricks and junior Rocio Norena teamed up for two quality victories in Flight 2 of the doubles brackets, as the Eagle duo bested Brown and Vo of Boise State, 8-4, and then outlasted Washington State's Troedson and Merry in the second round, 9-7.

The Eagles will be back in action this weekend when they host the EWU Women's Classic Friday (Sept. 30) - Sunday (Oct. 2) in Cheney, Wash. The event will feature many of the same teams from the Cougar Classic, including Big Sky foes Montana and Montana State. Match play will begin 12 p.m. Friday.


Eagle Results

Flight 1 - Singles

Gopinath (GU) def. Uriarte (EWU), 6-2, 6-3

Knox (UI) def. Ricks (EWU), 6-0, 6-2


Flight 1 Consolation

Uriarte (EWU) def. Spencer (PSU), 6-2, 6-2

Pellicano (PSU) def. Ricks (EWU), 6-3, 6-0

Jasova (LCSC) def. Uriarte (EWU), 6-2, 6-0

Uriarte (EWU) def. Chong (LCSC), 7-5, 6-3


Flight 2 - Singles

Warner (EWU) def. Teigen (LCSC), 6-2, 6-0

Hedberg (EWU) def. Sneckner (LCSC), 6-0, 6-2

Kankaras (WSU) def. Warner (EWU), 6-1, 6-2

Luzina (WSU) def. Hedberg (EWU), 6-1, 6-1


Flight 2 Consolation

Vickers (UI) def. Warner (EWU), 6-3, 6-1

Koning (WSU) def. Hedberg (EWU), 6-4, 6-4


Flight 3 - Singles

Patton (EWU) def. Fairbotham (MSU), 6-3, 6-1

Patton (EWU) def. Wurden (SU), 6-4, 6-1

Gbadamosi (UM) def. Patton (EWU), 6-2, 6-3

Villegas (MSU) def. Norena (EWU), 6-4, 6-3


Flight 3 Consolation

Norena (EWU) def. Ramons (LCSC), 6-2, 7-5

Mackey (UM) def. Patton (EWU), 6-0, 6-3

Humphrey (GU) def. Norena (EWU), 6-4, 6-1


Flight 4 - Singles

Hibbs (EWU) def. Martina (LCSC), 6-4, 6-0

Ellingsen (EWU) def. Merry (WSU), 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Gibson (UM) def. Hibbs (EWU), 7-5, 6-0

Ellingsen (EWU) def. Todd (PSU), 6-3, 6-4

Lozano (UI) def. Ellingsen (EWU), 7-5, 6-2


Flight 4 Consolation

Gibson (UM) def. Ellingsen (EWU), 6-4, 6-3

Bates (MSU) def. Hibbs (EWU), 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (8)


Flight 1 - Doubles

Musilovich/Googe (WSU) def. Warner/Patton (EWU), 8-1

Hedberg/Uriarte (EWU) def. De La Torre/Crum (MSU), 8-3

Kankaras/Koning (WSU) def. Hedberg/Uriarte (EWU, 8-3


Flight 1 Consolation - Doubles

Hjalmarsson/Tsan (MSU) def. Warner/Patton (EWU), 8-6

Hedberg/Uriarte (EWU) def. Oliveira/Dugan (LCSC), 8-1

Jasova/Cong (LCSC) def. Hedberg/Uriarte (EWU), 8-5


Flight 2 - Doubles

Ellingsen/Hibbs (EWU) def. McClaren (PSU)/Murray(UM), 8-4

Ricks/Norena (EWU) def. Brown/Vo (BSU), 8-4

Ricks/Norena (EWU) def. Troedson/Merry (WSU), 9-7

Fournier/Romantsova (WSU) def. Ricks/Norena (EWU), 8-0


Flight 2 Consolation - Doubles

Gbadamos/Martin (SU) def. Ellingsen/Hibbs (EWU, 8-4

Sugimoto/Martin (SU) def. Ellingsen/Hibbs (EWU), 8-6

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