October 23, 2012

Women’s Tennis Completes Play from ITA Northwest Regional Championships

Sophomores Hedberg and Uriarte record a couple singles wins to highlight Eagle performances in Stanford, Calif.

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After a couple weeks off from competition, the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis returned to the courts for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northwest Regional Championships Oct. 19-22 in Stanford, Calif.

Eight Eagles made the trip to the Bay Area, where they competed against individuals from the 16 other Northwest Region teams, which includes California, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Davis, Washington and Washington State.

Sophomore Moira Hedberg opened the tournament with an impressive win over Chyna Brown from Big Sky rival Sacramento State. Hedberg won in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-3.

The sophomore from Oxnard, Calif., was knocked out of the main draw in the round of 64, after dropping a 6-4, 6-0 decision to Santa Clara’s Stephanie Skaras. But she rebounded in the consolation bracket, beating Milica Hadzi-Tanovic from San Francisco, 6-2, 6-3.

Sophomore Chrissy Uriarte lost a narrow three-setter in her first matchup of the main draw, but then made it through two rounds in the consolation bracket. On Saturday (Oct. 20), she bested Erin Troedson from Washington State in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5. Uriarte ended up with another win on Sunday (Oct. 21) after her opponent was forced to withdraw.

Uriarte also celebrated a bit of success in the doubles consolation draw, as she and partner Alexis Filliol topped Zoe Davidson and Claire Jaramishian of UC-Davis by a score of 8-4. 

Sophomore Helon Ricks, who had the best overall record for the Eagles as a freshman in 2011, but spent all of last season sidelined with injury, showed improvement with each match she played in Stanford. After losing her first outing, 6-0, 6-0, Ricks battled in her next duel against Gonzaga’s Franziska Koehler and took a few games before eventually falling, 6-3, 6-1.

“Helon really turned it around on the second day of the tournament,” said associate head women’s coach Mykala Hedberg. “She is still recovering from hip surgery, but is finally looking like she’s on the right path. She was more relaxed on the court, and didn’t put as much pressure on herself in the second match.”

Eastern will have one more fall tournament before heading into the offseason. The Eagles will return to the Golden State for the Cal State Northridge Tournament Nov. 9-11.

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