April 18, 2008

EWU Completes Perfect Home Schedule, Moves to 15-6

April 18, 2008

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team put the finishing touches on a perfect 8-0 home season on Friday morning (April 18) with a dominating 6-1 win over Weber State. The victory moved the Eagles in second place in the Big Sky Conference standings, half a game over the Wildcats with one match to play.

Eastern Washington extended its winning streak to five while snapping Weber State's own five-match streak. The Eagles improve to 15-6 to set a new school record for most wins since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 1984. Eastern Washington also moved to 6-1 in Big Sky play to set a school mark for wins in that category, as well.

Kenneth Norling provided the clinching victory when he gutted out a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) victory on court four. His victory came moments after Eastern's No. 1 player, Pannhara Mam finished off a 6-4, 6-3 win. Kyle Schraeder was the first singles player to finish, and he did so as the result of a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Art Karas and Patrick Millican finished off the day's play with victories.

The Eagles swept all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point and gain early momentum in the contest.

The Eagles have one regular-season match still to play, which will commence at 10 a.m. Pacific Time on Sunday (April 20) at Montana. A win would earn Eastern the No. 2 seed at next weekend's Big Sky Championship.

Weber State vs Eastern Washington
4/18/08 at Cheney, Wash.
Eastern Washington 6, Weber State 1

Singles competition
1. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Henning Hipp (WSU) 6-4, 6-3
2. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Sascha Kiehne (WSU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Fabio Mancarella (WSU) def. Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Kenneth Norling (EWU) def. Nick Plum (WSU) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Art Karas (EWU) def. Chris Williams (WSU) 6-0, 6-4
6. Patrick Millican (EWU) def. Spencer Marchant (WSU) 7-6, 7-6

Doubles competition
1. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Sascha Kiehne/Fabio Mancarella (WSU) 8-6
2. Patrick Millican/Jonathan Davis (EWU) def. Henning Hipp/Nick Plum (WSU) 8-5
3. Nico Riego de Dios/Art Karas (EWU) def. Spencer Marchant/Ryan Garner (WSU) 8-6

Match Notes:
Weber State 13-9, 6-2 BSC
Eastern Washington 15-6, 6-1 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,5,6)

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