In its first week of Big Sky Conference play, the Eastern Washington women's tennis team battled hard but came out on the wrong side of a pair of road matches, falling to Northern Colorado and North Dakota.
Eastern (2-7, 0-2 Big Sky) opened the week at Northern Colorado on Saturday, Mar. 1, falling to the Bears, 6-1. EWU concluded its road trip at North Dakota on Monday, Mar. 3, losing a hard-fought match, 4-3.
"I was really proud of the team's enthusiasm this weekend," head coach Dustin Hinson said. "We are getting better each match and nearly pulled out a win at North Dakota. The confidence is building within the team and that is helping us to compete better."
Junior Moira Hedberg completed a perfect week, winning both of her singles matches as well as both of her doubles matches, all in the No. 1 position. She now has six wins on the year after tying the single-season record last year with 14 victories.
"Moira had a tremendous weekend," Hinson said. "She is leading by her actions on the court and that's helpful for the team."
Saturday's match at Northern Colorado saw Hedberg record the only singles win for the Eagles, edging the Bears' top player 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. She also won her doubles match along with partner freshman Erin Blessing, 8-6.
Eastern rebounded to win the doubles point over North Dakota in convincing fashion Monday as Hedberg and Blessing won, 8-6, while freshmen Katrina Domingo and Dani Young were victorious in the No. 2 spot, 8-3.
Hedberg and Domingo picked up singles wins against UND, both winning in straight sets. Hedberg bested North Dakota's No. 1 player 6-2, 7-5 while Domingo won in the fourth position 6-4, 6-2.
Young extended her match to three sets before falling to North Dakota's Lacey Sprinkel 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
EWU returns to the court on Friday, Mar. 7, when league foe Idaho State comes to Cheney for a 10 a.m. match.