February 19, 2013

Moira Hedberg is the Big Sky Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Week

Hedberg claims weekly honor for second time in her young career

After leading the Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team to a perfect weekend on the road, sophomore Moira Hedberg was recognized by the Big Sky Conference as Player of the Week, announced Tuesday (Feb. 19) by the league office.

This is the first weekly honor for the women’s tennis team in the 2013 season, but the second for Hedberg in her Eagle career. Hedberg, who was selected to the All-Big Sky second team in 2012, earned the weekly honor once during her freshman campaign as well.

Hedberg led EWU to a conference road sweep over the weekend, as the Eagles captured their ninth-consecutive victory over Idaho State and picked up their first win in three years against Weber State. The Eagles, and Hedberg, have won their last three-straight matches.  

Playing at No. 1 doubles and singles in both duals against ISU and WSU, Hedberg did not drop a single set all weekend.

Against the Bengals, she helped put Eastern on the board with an 8-3 win in doubles, and then swept ISU’s Marian Tangarife in the top spot in singles, 6-2, 6-2.

The following day against Weber State, Hedberg and partner Chelsea Patton battled Kristi Elmer and Thais Kurer in an intense tiebreaker at No. 1 doubles. The Eagle duo was able to clinch the doubles point for their team after prevailing in the dramatic match, 8-7 (9-7).

Hedberg then faced Elmer again in singles, and beat her in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5.

Hedberg is 4-4 this season at No. 1 singles, but all four of those losses came against nationally-ranked teams. Against No. 64 Wyoming and No. 35 Washington State, Hedberg was able to force a second-set tiebreaker in both matches, and against then-No. 58 Sac State, she battled conference rival Rebeca Delgado to three sets. In each of her last three matches, Hedberg has won in straight sets in the No. 1 spot.

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