Still looking for first win of season, Eastern returns home to face Gonzaga in next duel
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team was not able to find its first win of the season this weekend in Boise, Idaho. The Eagles fell to host Boise State, 7-0, on Friday (Feb. 10) and then dropped a 6-1 decision to Idaho on Saturday (Feb. 11). With the two losses, EWU falls to 0-5 on the season.
The Broncos were quite dominant in doubles action, winning at No. 1 and 2 by a score of 8-1. Junior Chelsea Patton and sophomore Kelsey Knight put up a strong fight at No. 3 doubles, but fell to BSU's Kaitlyn Brown and Sonia Klamczynska, 8-5.
In singles, freshman Moira Hedberg met Klamczynska at No. 1, but despite a competitive first set, Hedberg ended up falling, 6-4, 6-1.
As a native of Boise, Idaho, Patton was able to enjoy playing in front of a home crowd, but she was pitted against Marlena Pietzuch, who ranks 19th in the Mountain Region. Patton fell at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2.
The Eagles also lost at No. 3, 4 and 5 in straight sets. Senior Nefeli Diamanti forced two tiebreakers at No. 6 singles, but BSU's Fiona Mok proved to have the edge, winning 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5).
On Saturday against the familiar Idaho Vandals, Eastern's Ryann Warner highlighted the individual performances with her victory at No. 5 singles. Warner nabbed the first set against Idaho's Alejandro Lozano, 6-4, and then dominated the second with a 6-0 decision.
Patton played a close match with Almudena Sanz at No. 2 singles, but fell after a tiebreaker in the second set, 6-3, 7-6.
Junior Rocio Norena came out strong in her match at No. 6, but couldn't get past Beatriz Flores, who bested Norena, 7-5, 6-1.
Eastern will host Gonzaga in its next match on Thursday (Feb. 16) at 5 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse. That meeting with GU will be EWU's final home match for more than a month.
Boise State 7, Eastern Washington 0
02/10/12 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
1. KLAMCZYNSKA, Sonia (BSU) def. HEDBERG, Moira (EWU-W) 6-4, 6-1
2. PIETZUCH, Marlena (BSU) def. PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) 6-2, 6-2
3. PIETZUCH, Manuela (BSU) def. KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) 6-0, 6-1
4. VO, Sandy (BSU) def. URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) 6-0, 6-0
5. BASIL, Morgan (BSU) def. WARNER, Ryann (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-1
6. MOK, Fiona (BSU) def. DIAMANTI, Nefeli (EWU-W) 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5)
1. PIETZUCH, Manuela/PIETZUCH, Marlena (BSU) def. HEDBERG, Moira/URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) 8-1
2. VO, Sandy/BASIL, Morgan (BSU) def. WARNER, Ryann/NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) 8-1
3. BROWN, Kaitlyn/KLAMCZYNSKA, Sonia (BSU) def. PATTON, Chelsea/KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) 8-5
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,2,3,5,1,6)
Idaho 6, Eastern Washington 1
02/11/12 at Boise, Idaho (Boas Indoor Tennis Center)
1. LOZANO, Victoria (IDAHO) def. HEDBERG, Moira (EWU-W) 6-3, 6-0
2. SANZ, Almudena (IDAHO) def. PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) 6-3, 7-6
3. KNOX, Molly (IDAHO) def. KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) 6-3, 6-2
4. VICKERS, Sophie (IDAHO) def. URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) 6-3, 6-1
5. WARNER, Ryann (EWU-W) def. LOZANO, Alejandra (IDAHO) 6-4, 6-0
6. FLORES, Beatriz (IDAHO) def. NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) 7-5, 6-1
1. LOZANO, Victoria/FLORES, Beatriz (IDAHO) def. HEDBERG, Moira/PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) 8-4
2. LOZANO, Alejandra/KNOX, Molly (IDAHO) def. KNIGHT, Kelsey/URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) 8-2
3. SANZ, Almudena/VICKERS, Sophie (IDAHO) def. WARNER, Ryann/NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) 8-4