March 25, 2012

Eagles Fall to No. 69 Sacramento State, 7-0

Eastern will now turn attention to a couple of non-conference foes to wrap up spring break tour

There's a reason the Hornets of Sacramento State were selected as the unanimous favorite in this year's Big Sky preseason coaches' poll.

Going up against its first nationally-ranked opponent of the season, the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team struggled against No. 69 Sacramento State, falling by a score of 7-0 at the Spare Time Indoor Tennis Club in Sacramento, Calif.

The win was Sac State's 87th-straight in Big Sky Conference play. The Hornets have not lost a league match since 2001.

The Hornets took control of the match from the get go, as EWU (3-10, 1-2 Big Sky) suffered three quick losses in doubles play. Freshmen Moira Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte fell at No. 1, 8-2, while Eastern's No. 2 and 3 pairs both lost by a score of 8-1.

In singles, Hedberg had a strong first set against two-time Big Sky MVP Tatsiana Kapshai, but ended up falling 6-4. Kapshai then put the match away with a 6-1 decision in the second set. The loss was Hedberg's first in conference play. The rookie from Oxnard, Calif., is 7-6 on the season and 2-1 in league.

Uriarte suffered the exact same fate in her match at No. 3, falling to Clarisse Baca, 6-4, 6-1.

Sophomore Kelsey Knight was able to take several games off Sophie Lohscheidt at No. 4, but lost  the match, 6-3, 6-3.

Juniors Chelsea Patton and Ryann Warner and senior Nefeli Diamanti also lost in straight sets at No. 2, 5 and 6, respectively.

The Eagles have two more matches on tap before returning to Cheney, as they take on San Jose State on Monday (March 26) and San Francisco Tuesday (March 27).

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