Eastern Drops Non-Conference Match to Seattle
Hedberg is triumphant again and is now one victory from the school record for singles wins in a season
Mixing up the lineup in a late season non-conference match, Eastern Washington University dropped a 4-3 decision to Seattle Sunday (April 14) at Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
However, No. 1 singles player Moira Hedberg continued her winning ways, picking up her fourth-straight victory and seventh in her last eight matches with a straight-sets win. Now 13-8 on the season, the sophomore from Oxnard, Calif., is now one victory away from the single season school record of 14 victories set by Kasey Knox in 2007. She will get an opportunity to tie the record this Friday (April 19) when Eastern concludes its regular season at home versus Portland State at noon.
Hedberg also combined with senior Chelsea Patton for a victory at No. 1 doubles, improving their record to 8-5 on the season. Eastern's other victories came in straight-sets at No. 3 singles by senior Ryann Warner and at No. 4 singles by sophomore Alexis Filliol. Warner is now 7-10 this season and Filliol improved to 9-10.
Eastern fell to 6-15 on the season with the loss, while the Redhawks improved to 6-16.
"Our team fought super hard and I was proud of their performance," said Eastern head coach Dustin Hinson. Hinson juggled his lineup to enable two reserves to see action, including the singles and doubles debut of sophomore Brittany Ellingsen.
The Eagles lost the doubles point, but took a 3-2 lead after the first four singles matches were completed. However, Seattle picked up victories at No. 5 and No. 6 singles to win the match, including Ellingsen's hard-fought three-set loss at No. 6.