April 3, 2012

Eagles Back in Cheney for Three Important Big Sky Matchups

Eastern hosts Idaho State, Weber State and Northern Arizona in week ahead

After playing nine-consecutive matches on the road, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will finally enjoy some home-court advantage - and it couldn't have come at a better time.

This week, the Eagles will take on three Big Sky opponents in Idaho State, Weber State and Northern Arizona. Eastern opens against ISU on Wednesday (April 4) before seeing WSU on Saturday (April 7) and NAU on Sunday (April 8). Times and location of these matches are tentative based on the weather in Cheney. See http://goeags.com/sports/w-tennis/2011-12/schedule for more information.

The Eagles enter the action-packed week with a 3-11 overall record and 1-2 mark in conference, which puts the team just ahead of Idaho State and Weber State at sixth in the Big Sky standings. The Bengals own a 1-5 league record, while WSU is still searching for its first W after a 0-5 start.

Eastern's final match this week will most likely be its toughest, as the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona are second in the Big Sky at 5-1, with the only loss coming against the nationally-ranked and undefeated in conference Sacramento State Hornets.

The top four teams at the end of the regular season will advance to the Big Sky Conference tournament, held April 21-22 in Sacramento, Calif.

The women's team is led this season by a pair of freshmen in Moira Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte, both of whom have recorded at least five wins in singles play. Hedberg, who has played 13 of 14 matches this year at No. 1, has compiled a 7-7 overall record and 2-1 mark in league play. She was selected as the Big Sky Player of the Week on March 20 after celebrating a couple big wins against Air Force and Seattle.

Eastern has only one senior on the team this year, who will play in her final home match on Sunday against Northern Arizona. Prior to the match, the Eagles will honor two-year letterwinner Nefeli Diamanti.

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