Eagles Host Gonzaga Thursday

In final home match for more than a month, Eagles anxious to get first win of season

Before packing its bags for nine-straight road matches, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will host cross-town rival Gonzaga on Thursday (Feb. 16) at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.

After a rocky 0-5 start to the year, the Eagles are hoping a little home-court advantage will help in their pursuit of the first win of the 2011-12 campaign. Gonzaga will enter the match with a 4-2 mark on the season.

The Eagles and Bulldogs have played two common opponents this year in Seattle and Idaho. The Eagles played SU in its season debut on Jan. 28. Despite capturing the coveted doubles point, EWU lost four of the six singles matches, resulting in a narrow 4-3 loss. EWU also lost to Idaho by a score of 6-1. Like Eastern, Gonzaga played a very close match with SU, but the Zags came out on the winning end of a 4-3 decision. The Bulldogs suffered a similar fate against Idaho though, losing 5-2.

EWU and GU met twice during the 2011 campaign, with Gonzaga winning both matches by a score of 6-1. In the second meeting last year, junior Chelsea Patton recorded the lone win for EWU when she outlasted her opponent at No. 5 singles, 3-6, 7-5, 10-6. Patton is 0-5 in the 2012 season in singles action, but has played some of the most competitive matches of anyone on the team, including tiebreakers in three different matches.

Freshman Moira Hedberg and junior Ryann Warner are the only Eagles who have recorded singles wins this season, as both players are 2-3 on the year. Hedberg also has one doubles victory on her record.

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