Women's Tennis Concludes Fall Season At ITA Northwest Regionals

Stanford, Calif. – The Eastern Washington women's tennis team concluded its Fall season at the ITA Northwest Regionals last weekend.

The Eagles were represented by three players at the prestigious tournament. Sophomore Moira Hedberg and freshmen Erin Blessing and Dani Young all made the journey to Northern California.

"I was happy with the way they progressed throughout the weekend," head coach Dustin Hinson said. "Sunday was the best day and they all played their best tennis on that day. They were focused and played hard. I'm excited about this team and look forward to getting healthy and ready for dual matches. If we are focused and play to our potential, we will do very well."

Blessing had the best showing in the tournament's opening round, battling with Santa Clara's Nicolette Wolny in a tough match before falling 6-3, 6-4. Hedberg also put up a fight against Katharine Knoebl of Sacramento State, losing 6-3, 6-2.

Blessing continued to play well in the consolation side of the draw, pushing San Jose State's Jessica Willett before losing 6-3, 6-1. Young rebounded from a tough opening match to challenge Sofia Holmberg of San Francisco, falling 6-2, 6-1.

Both Hedberg and Young picked up wins in Sunday's consolation matches. Hedberg defeated Gonzaga's Samantha Polayes 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (9) while Young came back to beat Gergana Boncheva of Pacific 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (4).

Blessing and Young represented EWU in the tournament's doubles draw, falling to a pair from Sacramento State in the opening round before defeating a duo from Pacific, 8-6, in Saturday's consolation round.

Eastern will take the rest of 2013 to train in preparation for its regular season which begins in late January with a pair of matches at Oregon.

Women's Open Singles

Nicolette Wolny (Santa Clara) def. Erin Blessing 6-3, 6-4
Katharina Knoebl (Sacramento State) def. Moira Hedberg 6-3, 6-2
Claire Yang (Fresno State) def. Dani Young 6-1, 6-0

Saturday Consolation Singles

Sofia Holmberg (San Francisco) def. Young 6-2, 6-1
Jessica Willett (San Jose State) def. Blessing 6-3, 6-1
Amelia Herring (Stanford) def. Hedberg 6-1, 6-0

Sunday Consolation Singles

Kylie Peek (Gonzaga) def. Blessing 6-3, 6-2
Hedberg def. Samantha Polayes (Gonzaga) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (9)
Young def. Gergana Boncheva (Pacific) 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (4)

Women's Open Doubles

Bulatovaite/Soltanici (Sacramento State) def. Blessing/Young 8-4

Saturday Consolation Doubles

Blessing/Young def. Ferrari/Suarez (Pacific) 8-6

Sunday Consolation Doubles

Dhatt/Gould (Portland) def. Blessing/Young 8-6
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