EWU Men's Tennis Hangs with No. 68 BYU

Jan. 19, 2008

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team stayed right with No. 68 Brigham Young in its season-opening match of 2008 before falling to the Cougars 4-3. The Eagles won the doubles point to go up 1-0, but BYU won four of the first five singles matches to finish to clinch its win.

The doubles tally was earned in dramatic fashion when Art Karas and Nico Riego de Dios outlasted Evan Urbina and Daniel Hwang 9-8 (11-9). That came after the teams had split the other two doubles contests.

After the Cougars won the first three singles matches to finish play, Kenneth Norling won his No. 5 contest with Tom Young 6-1, 6-2 to cut Eastern's deficit to 3-2. Jonathan Davis would finish off the day's play with a 6-4, 1-6, (10-2) win at No. 6 singles over AJ Young.

"We played a great match against a good team," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "They were able to win some big points and we came up just a little short in the end. We fought hard and this will be a great motivator for the rest of the season.

"The atmosphere was one of the best I have been around. It was a good experience for the guys to be exposed to."

The Eagles return to action at 6 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 25) in a road contest versus Oregon. The Ducks are 2-0 after defeating both Weber State and Idaho by 6-1 scores to start their campaign. Eastern Washington will play its first home contest on Feb. 2 versus Nevada.

Eastern Washington vs BYU
1/19/08 at Provo, Utah
#68 BYU 4, Eastern Washington 3

Singles competition
1. Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Pannhara Mam (EWU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) 7-6 (7-0), 6-3
3. Cassidy Mears (BYU) def. Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
4. Daniel Hwang (BYU) def. Art Karas (EWU) 6-0, 6-4
5. Kenneth Norling (EWU) def. Tom Young (BYU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Jonathan Davis (EWU) def. AJ Young (BYU) 6-4, 1-6, 1-0 (10-2)

Doubles competition
1. Cassidy Mears/Jonathan Sanchez (BYU) def. Pannhara Mam/Jonathan Davis (EWU) 8-4
2. Art Karas/Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Evan Urbina/Daniel Hwang (BYU) 9-8 (11-9)
3. Kenneth Norling/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Thomas Shubert/Tom Young (BYU) 8-6

Eastern Washington 0-1
BYU 3-0; National ranking #68
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (4,2,1,5,3,6)

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The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team got its 2008 campaign under way on Saturday morning (Jan. 19) with a touch road match-up versus No. 50 Washington State. The contest saw the Eagles come up on the short end of a 7-0 score.

The Cougars (1-0) came out strong by sweeping all three doubles matches. The No. 1 contest saw WSU's Ekaterina Burduli and Ekaterina Kamendova outlast Kasey Knox and Amanda Mankovits, 8-5.

In No. 1 singles, Burduli, ranked 91st nationally, topped Knox by 6-3, 6-2 scores. The best Eastern showing came on the sixth court, courtesy of Mankovits, as the junior was defeated by Livia Gherman 6-4, 6-3.

The Eagles (0-1) return to action versus the other public NCAA Division I school in the state, the 70th-ranked University of Washington Huskies. That contest begins at 11 a.m. on Jan. 27 in Seattle. Eastern Washington will play its first home contest on Jan. 30 versus Idaho.

Eastern Washington vs Washington State
1/19/08 at Pullman, Wash.
#50 Washington State 7, Eastern Washington 0

Singles competition
1. #91 Ekaterina Burduli (WS) def. Kasey Knox (EWU) 6-3, 6-2
2. Aleksandra Stefanova (WS) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) 6-1, 6-2
3. Ekaterina Kamendova (WS) def. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Bianca Selaru (WS) def. Rachel Berger (EWU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Marina Nicolas (WS) def. Marie Demerath (EWU) 6-2, 6-4
6. Livia Gherman (WS) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Ekaterina Burduli/Ekaterina Kamendova (WS) def. Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU) 8-5
2. Aleksandra Stefanova/Aleksandra Cekic (WS) def. Marie Demerath/Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 8-5
3. Marina Nicolas/Bianca Selaru (WS) def. Kerstyn Dolack/Rachel Berger (EWU) 8-4

Eastern Washington 0-1
Washington State 1-0; National ranking #50

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