January 17, 2009

Eagle Women Beat LCSC, Men Outlast Utah State

Jan. 17, 2009

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team got back on the winning track on Saturday morning (Jan. 17) with a 5-2 road win over Utah State. The Eagles improved to 2-2 with the win, while the Aggies fell to 0-2 on the young campaign.

Eastern clinched the doubles point when its No. 3 team of Daniel Pez and Kevin Anderson outlasted Mike Banks and Jordan Barlow, 9-8. Kyle Schraeder and Nico Riego de Dios were also victorious, 8-6, on court one.

The Eagles then quickly secured the team win with singles victories in the first three matches to finish, taking an insurmountable  4-0 lead. Art Karas responded to losing his first set 6-0 to storm back for a 0-6, 6-2, 6-0 win on court three. Riego de Dios claimed the court two contest, 7-5, 6-2, before Schraeder sealed the team win with a dramatic 7-6, 7-6 victory at No. 1.

Also earning a singles win today was Kenneth Norling, who was victorious, 6-4, 6-4, in the fifth position.

The Eagles continue their busy stretch of six matches the first 16 days of the season on Friday (Jan. 23) with their third match versus a ranked opponent. Eastern will head on the road once again to face No. 47 Denver at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Pioneers, who advanced to the NCAA Championship last year and finished that campaign 17-8, open their 2009 season versus the Eagles. In fact, Eastern will open five of its opponents' schedules - Denver is the fourth of that group.

Eastern Washington vs Utah State
Jan 17, 2009 at Logan, Utah
Eastern Washington 5, Utah State 2

Singles competition

1. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. ASPLUND, Jakob (USU) 7-6, 7-6
2. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. MAHARAJ, Amit (USU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Karas, Art (EWU-M) def. MARCHANT, Bryan (USU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. BANKS, Mike (USU) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Norling, Kenneth (EWU-M) def. THATCHER, Alex (USU) 6-4, 6-4
6. BARLOW, Jordan (USU) def. Anderson, Kevin (EWU-M) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. SCHRAEDER, Kyle/RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico (EWU-M) def. ASPLUND, Jakob/MARCHANT, Bryan (USU) 8-6
2. THATCHER, Alex/MAHARAJ, Amit (USU) def. KARAS, Art/NORLING, Kenneth (EWU-M) 8-5
3. PEZ, Daniel/ANDERSON, Kevin (EWU-M) def. BANKS, Mike/BARLOW, Jordan (USU) 9-8

Eastern Washington 2-2
Utah State 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)

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The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team earned its first victory of the 2009 season, 5-2, on the road versus Lewis-Clark State. The Saturday morning (Jan. 17) victory improved Eastern's record to 1-1, while the Warriors fell to 0-1 after they dropped their season-opening contest.

Eastern grabbed wins in all three doubles contests. Kelsey Knight and Amanda Mankovits were victories on court one, 8-2, Marie Demerath and Caitlin Bampton claimed a 9-7 win on the next court over, and Rachel Berger and Judy Liening won 8-3 at No. 3.

The Eagles quickly took a 3-0 lead with wins courtesy of Knight, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 and Mankovits, 6-2, 6-4, on the first court. Then, following a LCSC victory at court two, Berger clinched the team victory with an exciting 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the third position. Bampton also picked up a singles victory, as she won in convincing style, 6-0, 6-1, at court five.

Eastern is back in action on Jan. 30 at Seattle University in a noon contest. That will be the first home match since 2002 for the Redhawks.

Eastern Washington vs Lewis-Clark State
Jan 17, 2009 at Lewiston, Idaho
Eastern Washington 5, Lewis-Clark State 2

Singles competition

1. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) def. CHAN, Jamie (LCSC) 6-2, 6-4
2. BAISHAKHI, Shefat (LCSC) def. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) 6-3, 7-5
3. Berger, Rachel (EWU-W) def. MARSELA, Katharina (LCSC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Knight, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. PECK, Alyson (LCSC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. MOORHEAD, Rilee (LCSC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Smedley, Megan (LCSC) def. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. KNIGHT, Kelsey/MANKOVITS, Amanda (EWU-W) def. CHAN, Jamie/BAISHAKHI, Shefat (LCSC) 8-2
2. DEMERATH, Marie/BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. SMEDLEY, Megan/MOORHEAD, Rilee (LCSC) 9-7
3. BERGER, Rachel/LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) def. GAY, Chelsea/PECK, Alyson (LCSC) 8-3

Eastern Washington 1-1
Lewis-Clark State 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,5,6)

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