March 26, 2014

Women's Tennis Concludes California Road Trip

The Eastern Washington women's tennis team played four road matches in five days earlier this week, traveling to Northern California to face a slew of tough opponents.

Eastern (3-13, 1-4 Big Sky) competed well but was unable to record any team victories on its road trip, falling to Sacramento State, Sonoma State, Pacific and UC Davis.

"The biggest thing we can take from this trip is the fact that we are right there with many of these good teams," head coach Dustin Hinson said. "We need to continue to work on limiting our unforced errors and executing and finishing points when we get the opportunity. Overall, we had good effort and showed an improved ability to grind and make our opponents work if they are going to beat us."

The Eagles opened their trip at Big Sky foe Sacramento State on Saturday, Mar. 22, falling to the Hornets, 7-0. Junior Moira Hedberg battled Sacramento State's No. 1 player before falling 6-2, 6-4, while her younger sister, freshman Malieva Hedberg, put up a fight in the No. 6 position before losing 6-3, 6-2.

Against Sonoma State on Sunday, Mar. 23, EWU picked up the doubles point with wins in the first and third positions. Moira Hedberg teamed up with freshman Erin Blessing to defeat the Seawolves' top pair, 9-7, while Malieva Hedberg and junior Brittany Ellingsen proved victorious in the No. 3 position, 8-6.

Freshman Katrina Domingo nearly pulled out a singles win in the No. 4 position, stealing the first set before falling 1-6, 7-5, 10-8.

Both Moira Hedberg and Malieva Hedberg were forced to retire in their respective singles matches.

Taking on Pacific on Tuesday, Mar. 25, Moira Hedberg was the lone Eagle to extend her singles match to a decisive third set as EWU was swept by the Tigers.

Moira Hedberg battled Pacific's top player, Iveta Masarova, before eventually falling 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.

Eastern wrapped up its trip with a match against UC Davis on Wednesday, Mar. 26. The match was moved indoors and relocated to Stockton, Calif., due to inclimate weather.

Blessing put up a fight in the No. 3 singles position before falling 6-3, 6-4. Moira Hedberg was again forced to retire while playing in the top position.

The Eagles are back in action on Friday, Apr. 4, when they travel to Bozeman for a tilt with Montana State.

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