Eastern Men's Tennis End Fall Season on a Positive Note

Nov. 12, 2006

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The Eastern Washington University men's tennis squad wrapped up its fall schedule at the Duck Classic in Eugene, Ore. The Eagles saw success in doubles play, as well as in the "yellow" draw.

The largest success was earned by Kyle Schraeder and Pannhara Mam, who advanced to the semifinals in doubles action. The duo advanced to the quarterfinals with a thrilling 9-8 (7-4) defeat of Portland's Carlos Machado and Evan Schleining before topping another Portland duo (Scott Kennel and Alex Strom) in dramatic fashion, 9-7. The tandem's dramatic run through the tournament came to an end after a hard-fought 9-7 loss to Oregon's Mike Myrhed and Gustavo Loza.

Patrick Millican and Jonathan Davis moved on to the quarterfinals with a clutch win of their own, topping Nevada's Guillaume Tonelli and Alex Daruty, 8-6, while Keithan Gregg and Kevin Erickson had an 8-6 win over Sacramento State's duo of Gabriel Laredo and Hague Van Dillon.

The "yellow" draw of singles play saw Eagles players achieve success, as well. Erickson won three straight matches to advance to the semifinals. He topped Machado in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-1, Kennel by a 6-7 (3-7), 6-4, 7-5 result and his teammate, Davis, 6-2, 6-2, before falling to Sac State's Timothy Lantin by 7-5, 6-1 scores. Other quarterfinal contestants for Eastern in that draw included Davis, Brian Garfield and Gregg.

"Our men competed well," head coach Patrick Dreves said. "We had a lot of guys left on the last day. Probably the highlight of the tournament was two of our sophomores, Kyle Schraeder and Pannhara Mam, making it into the semifinals in doubles."

The Eagles now set their sights on the spring dual-match season, which gets under way in January. The Big Sky Championship will be in Sacramento, Calif., from April 26-28.

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