March 10, 2007

Eagles Drop Tight One to Montana, 4-3

March 10, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team was defeated by the visiting Montana Grizzlies, 4-3, in an intense Big Sky Conference match on Saturday morning (March 10). After dropping all three doubles matches, the Eagles (4-4, 2-2 BSC) rallied in singles, but were unable to claim the 4-of-6 wins they needed to defeat the Grizzlies.

Montana (5-3, 2-0 BSC) took initial control of the outdoors match with its sweep of the doubles contests, although Eastern's No. 3 duo of Jonathan Davis and Patrick Millican put up a tough fight before falling to Mikolaj Borkowski and Brady Tommerup, 9-8 (7-4).

In singles, Eastern's No. 1 player, Kyle Schraeder, quickly tied up the team score, 1-1, with a commanding 6-4, 6-2 win over Colin Dektar. His match was the last to finish for a while, as each of the other five singles contests went to a third set. That was the first time the Eagles have played in a match which saw at least 5-of-6 singles contests go to a deciding third set in at least three years.

Unfortunately for Eastern, Montana prevailed in the subsequent three contests to finish play to clinch its win with an insurmountable 4-1 lead. The Eagles did claim the final two contests to close the final score to 4-3. The victories in those contests came at court six by Art Karas, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3, over Brady Tommerup and on the second court by Pannhara Mam. He prevailed over Stuart Wing, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.

The Eagles do not have much time to dwell on the loss, as Lewis-Clark State will battle Eastern at 2 p.m. on Sunday (March 11) in Cheney. The Warriors (7-3) are ranked 17th in this week's national NAIA ratings. In their three matches against NCAA Division I opposition, Lewis-Clark State dropped 4-3 decisions to Idaho and Montana State and lost, 7-0, to Montana.

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Montana at Eastern Washington
Montana 4, Eastern Washington 3
March 10, 2007, in Cheney, Wash.

Singles competition
1. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Colin Dektar (UM), 6-4, 6-2
2. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Stuart Wing (UM), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Felipe Raw (UM) def. Keithan Gregg (EWU), 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
4. Raydner Ramos (UM) def. Patrick Millican (EWU), 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
5. Mikolaj Borkowski (UM) def. Daniel Pez (EWU), 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
6. Art Karas (EWU) def. Brady Tommerup (UM), 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Colin Dektar/Raydner Ramos (UM) def. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 8-5
2. Felipe Raw/Stuart Wing (UM) def. Keithan Gregg/Art Karas (EWU), 8-3
3. Mikolaj Borkowski/Brady Tommerup (UM) def. Jonathan Davis/Patrick Millican (EWU), 9-8 (4)

Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,3,5,4,6,2)

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