Hedberg, Patton Lead Eagles in Near-Miss
Eastern duo win singles matches and combine for doubles victory in 4-3 loss to Montana State
Sophomore Moira Hedberg inched closer to a school record with a thrilling three-set victory at No. 1 singles, but the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team fell to Montana State 4-3 in a crucial Big Sky Conference match for both schools at Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
Senior Chelsea Patton also won at No. 3 singles, and combined with Hedberg for a victory at No. 1 doubles. That duo is now 7-5 on the season. Eastern also picked up a victory at No. 6 singles by sophomore Alexis Filliol, who improved to 8-10.
The match was important for Eastern’s post-season chances, as Eastern entered the day a half-game away from the Bobcats for the sixth and final berth in the Big Sky Conference Championships later this month. The Eagles are now 3-6 in the league and 6-14 overall, while the Bobcats are 4-4 in the league and 5-10 overall. Eastern has only one league match remaining – April 19 at home versus Portland State.
Hedberg is now 12-8 on the season, and is two wins away from the single season school record of 14 victories set by Kasey Knox in 2007. Eastern has two regular season matches left to play, including Sunday’s non-conference home match versus Seattle which begins at 10 a.m.
Eastern opened the match by losing the doubles point, but pulled to within 3-2 with Patton’s straight-sets 6-3, 7-5 victory and Hedberg’s come-from-behind 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 triumph. The Bobcats wrapped up the match with a win at No. 5 singles.