Eagles Blank Gonzaga, Claim 14th Win
April 8, 2009
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team shut out Gonzaga 7-0 in its first home outdoor match of the season on Wednesday afternoon (April 8). The win was Eastern's 14th of the year, tied for the second-highest total in school history (dating to 1984, as records are incomplete prior to that season).
In doubles play, Nico Riego de Dios and Kyle Schraeder claimed their 16th win of the season, 8-2, to set the school record. The talented duo (16-6) had been tied with Art Karas and Riego de Dios (2008) and Pannhara Mam and Schraeder (2007). They also moved into third place on the career chart with those 16 victories.
The most dominating singles win of the day was earned by Mam, who won his third straight, 6-1, 6-3. Daniel Pez and Julian Sanchez also had straight-sets victories, claiming their matches by 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3, 6-2 respective scores.
Nico Riego de Dios won in a supertiebreaker, Art Karas was victories when his opponent retired with Karas holding a 6-3, 3-0 lead, and Schraeder had an impressive comeback 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 win.
The Eagles (14-8) will now look ahead to their final home match of 2009 as well as their final Big Sky Conference match of the season, to be played at 3 p.m. on Friday (April 10) versus Portland State. Eastern is 5-2 in league play, currently in the third slot just behind second-place Northern Arizona (5-1 BSC).
An incredible senior class of Karas, Mam, Pez and Schraeder will play their final home match that day. In the last four years, the Eagles have gone 56-35, 20-8 in Big Sky play, a vast improvement on the previous four years (6-52, 1-25 BSC).
Also, at 2:40 p.m. that day, the Big Sky championship banner will be unveiled to commemorate the team's historic 2008 campaign.
Gonzaga vs Eastern Washington
Apr 08, 2009 at Cheney, Wash.
Eastern Washington 7, Gonzaga 0
1. Riego de Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. FEDDERSEN, Steffan (GU) 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Mam, Pannhara (EWU-M) def. DOCJAK, Roman (GU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Karas, Art (EWU-M) def. FEENEY, Conor (GU) 6-3, 3-0, retired
4. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. DAVIS, Jake (GU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0
5. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) def. SULLIVAN, Scott (GU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. FALKOWSKI, Tomasz (GU) 6-3, 6-2
1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. FEENEY, Conor/FEDDERSEN, Steffan (GU) 8-2
2. PEZ, Daniel/MAM, Pannhara (EWU-M) def. DOCJAK, Roman/SULLIVAN, Scott (GU) 8-4
3. KARAS, Art/HENNINGER, Chad (EWU-M) def. FALKOWSKI, Tomasz/DAVIS, Jake (GU) 8-7 (7-4)
Eastern Washington 14-8
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,5,6,4,2,1)