Eugene, Ore. – In its first weekend of competition, the Eastern Washington women's tennis team split a pair of matches at the Student Tennis Center in Eugene, Ore., defeating S.C. Upstate on Saturday, Jan. 25, before falling to host Oregon on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Eastern's record is even at 1-1 after besting S.C. Upstate, 5-2, and losing to the Ducks, 7-0.
"I was really proud of the fight we showed this weekend," head coach Dustin Hinson said. "Against S.C. Upstate, we were focused from the first point to the last, and that was the difference for us. Oregon is always tough, but I thought our effort was good. I already see vast improvement in the level of play from match to match, and this team's positive energy will go a long way this season."
Against S.C. Upstate on Saturday, the Eagles claimed two of the three doubles matches by identical 6-2 scores to secure the doubles point. Junior Moira Hedberg and freshman Katrina Domingo dispatched of Upstate's top duo while juniors Alexis Filliol and Brittany Ellingsen won in the third position.
Moira Hedberg also won the top singles match, defeating Taylor Cohen 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 in a tiebreaker. Freshman Dani Young collected her first win of the season in the fourth position over Talia Rojas 6-1, 7-5, while Filliol and Ellingsen also won their singles matches.
EWU fought hard in the doubles portion against Oregon as Moira Hedberg and Domingo pushed the Ducks' top duo before falling 6-3. Filliol and Ellingsen were pushing Oregon's third doubles team, 5-3, before the match was called.
Moira Hedberg played well against Oregon's top player Nicole Long, falling 6-2, 6-3. Domingo took two games off the Ducks' No. 2 player while Young stole a pair of games in the third position.
Eastern returns to the court on Friday, Jan. 31, when it takes on Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash. First serve is set for 5 p.m.