Eastern will get an early look at a few Big Sky opponents this weekend in Pullman
After just one week of practice since returning from summer break, the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team will take to the courts for its first competition of the 2012-13 season. The Eagles will make the short trip to Pullman, Wash., for the 2012 Cougar Classic, held Sept. 14-16 at the WSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
The three-day tournament will feature 10 other teams, including Big Sky foes Montana and Montana State. Eastern will also compete against familiar opponents in Gonzaga, Portland, Seattle, Lewis-Clark State and host-Washington State.
“We want to use this weekend to get back into a competitive, match-play mindset,” said second-year head coach Mykala Hedberg. “We haven’t had a lot practice time at this point, but most of our players followed a strict summer workout plan and they’ve worked hard this week to get ready, so really, what I’m looking for is a strong effort.”
Eastern returns seven letterwinners, and three other squad members who will all compete for a spot in the lineup this season. Among the returners is sophomore Moira Hedberg, who earned All-Big Sky second-team honors as a freshman in 2012. She led the team with nine wins at No. 1 singles, four of which were in Big Sky Conference play.
The Eagles will also depend on the experience of seniors Kelsey Knight, Chelsea Patton, Ryann Warner and Rocio Norena to guide the squad in the upcoming season.
Following the Cougar Classic, EWU heads to Boise, Idaho for the Jack Taylor Classic Sept. 28-30. Three weeks later, the Eags will be in Stanford, Calif., for the ITA Northwest Regional Championships, before wrapping up their fall slate at the Cal State Northridge tournament Nov. 9-11.