CHENEY, Wash. -- The Weber State women's tennis team ended a season-long losing streak on Saturday, breaking into the win column with a 4-3 win over Eastern Washington.
"I'm very happy for the girls today," said WSU head coach Jonas Ehrlin. "They have been fighting hard this season, and to see them not give up and finally get a win today is very pleasing."
The Wildcats got their first doubles match wins since Feb. 6 as they took the No. 1 and 2 matches for the eventual deciding match. Brittiny Moore and Ashley Tanner defeated Moira Hedberg and Chrissy Uriarte 8-5 in the top match, while Michelle Warwick and Nittaya Phonharath cruised to an 8-2 win over Ryann Warner and Rocio Norena at No. 2.
"We've really struggled in doubles play this season," said Erhlin. "And several times, winning that point could have really made an impact in the final result. Today, we were able to get that point, and it ended up being the difference."
After taking the doubles point, the Wildcats earned a 3-3 split in singles play, earning enough points to clinch the match. Tanner, Phonharath, and Annika Karlsen each grabbed wins for Weber State.
Tanner took down Chelsea Patton in the No. 2 match, winning 6-2, 7-6 (8-6). Phonharath earned her point with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) win over Uriarte at No. 3, while Karlsen cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Norena at No. 6.
WSU improves to 1-18 on the season with the win overall, and 1-5 in Big Sky play.
Weber State vs Eastern Washington
04/07/12 at Cheney, Wash.
Weber State 4, Eastern Washington 3
1. HEDBERG, Moira (EWU-W) def. MOORE, Brittiny (WSU-W) 6-3, 6-1
2. TANNER, Ashley (WSU-W) def. PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
3. PHONHARATH, Nittaya (WSU-W) def. URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)
4. KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. KURER, Thais (WSU-W) 6-2, 6-2
5. WARNER, Ryann (EWU-W) def. WARWICK, Michelle (WSU-W) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
6. KARLSEN, Annika (WSU-W) def. NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) 6-2, 6-2
1. MOORE, Brittiny/TANNER, Ashley (WSU-W) def. HEDBERG, Moira/URIARTE, Chrissy (EWU-W) 8-5
2. WARWICK, Michelle/PHONHARATH, Nittaya (WSU-W) def. WARNER, Ryann/NORENA, Rocio (EWU-W) 8-2
3. KNIGHT, Kelsey/PATTON, Chelsea (EWU-W) def. KURER, Thais/LLOYD, Carly (WSU-W) 8-3
Weber State 1-17 (1-5 Big Sky)
Eastern Washington 4-12 (2-3 Big Sky)