Eagles Win at No. 1 Singles and Doubles, Fall to Oregon

March 18, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team saw its top singles and doubles players topple the best players on the University of Oregon squad in a 5-2 loss in Eugene on Saturday afternoon (March 17).

Pannhara Mam won both his singles and doubles matches in the first position. He teamed with Kyle Schraeder to defeat Alexander Cornellisen and Geoff Embry, 8-5. In singles, Mam toppled Marcos Verdasco by winning a clutch first set and pulling away in the second, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1.

Also earning a point for the Eagles (5-5) was Daniel Pez, who defeated Francisco Gallardo in comeback fashion, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. The win was his second in a row.

The Ducks (9-6) rallied from their loss at No. 1 doubles to win the other two contests, but the Eagles did not make it easy. In the third position, Keithan Gregg and Art Karas took its contest with Ric Mortera and Stephen Wiechert to a tiebreaker before falling, 9-8 (7-3).

The No. 2 contest saw Patrick Millican and Nico Riego de Dios fall to Gallardo and Verdasco, 8-5.

The Ducks won three of the singles matches in straight sets. Schraeder's contest at 2 went to a supertiebreaker, as the team result had been decided by that point. He saw his three-match personal winning streak snapped with a 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), (10-3) loss to Cornellisen.

The Eagles will now head north to Portland to take on the University of Portland Pilots at 10 a.m. on Sunday (March 18). The Pilots are 7-4 and have not played since defeating UC Davis, 6-1, on March 4.

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Eastern Washington at Oregon
Oregon 5, Eastern Washington 2
March 17, 2007, in Eugene, Ore.

Singles competition
1. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Marcos Verdasco (UO), 7-6 (8), 6-1
2. Alexander Cornelissen (UO) def. Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 5-7, 7-6 (4), (10-3)
3. Ric Mortera (UO) def. Patrick Millican (EWU), 6-4, 6-1
4. Mikeal Myrhed (UO) def. Keithan Gregg (EWU), 6-0, 7-5
5. Geoff Embry (UO) def. Art Karas (EWU), 7-5, 6-2
6. Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Francisco Gallardo (UO), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Alexander Cornellisen/Geoff Embry (UO), 8-5
2. Francisco Gallardo/Marcos Verdasco (UO) def. Patrick Millican/Nico Riego de Dios (EWU), 8-5
3. Ric Mortera/Stephen Wiechert (UO) def. Keithan Gregg/Art Karas (EWU), 9-8 (3)

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

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