Freshman out of Oxnard, Calif., makes big impact in her rookie season
It didn't take long for others to recognize the talents of Eastern Washington University freshman Moira Hedberg. Following her first season with the EWU women's tennis team, Hedberg was tabbed as one of the top 12 players in the Big Sky Conference. In a vote by the league's nine head coaches, Hedberg was selected to the 2012 All-Big Sky Second Team.
Hedberg, a native of Oxnard Calif., played 18 of 19 matches this season at No. 1 singles. Despite the obvious pressures of being a freshman in the top spot, Hedberg recorded the most wins of anyone on the squad, finishing the year with a 9-10 overall record. She was 4-4 in conference play, with all four of the wins coming in straight sets.
"This is a great accomplishment for Moira," said EWU associate head women's coach Mykala Hedberg. "Playing in that No. 1 slot, it's not easy to have the record she ended up with. But Moira is a self-motivator. She does a great job of listening on the court and she doesn't get distracted by the pressure of her position. I think her abilities and talent really showed this season, and other coaches recognized that. She can definitely use this to build upon and work toward getting on the first team next year."
Hedberg won five of her first eight singles matches in the 2012 campaign, which included a 6-4, 6-2 win over Northern Colorado and a 6-1, 7-6 victory against Portland State.
Also during the regular season, she was selected as a Big Sky Conference Player of the Week after celebrating two big wins against Air Force and Seattle. Against the Falcons, Hedberg took down their No. 1 player, Melissa Cecil, in straight sets. Cecil was 9-4 at No. 1 coming into the match, which included three wins against other Big Sky opponents. Hedberg defeated Cecil handily, 6-0, 6-4.
The following day, Hedberg recorded wins in both doubles and singles to led EWU to an exciting 4-3 win against Seattle, which avenged a tough 4-3 loss to the Redhawks from earlier in the season.