Feb. 28, 2007
Eastern Washington University men's tennis player Kyle Schraeder became just the second from the school in the past five years to earn Big Sky Conference Player of the Week accolades. On Saturday (Feb. 24), the sophomore helped lead the Eagles to a convincing 5-2 win over three-time defending Big Sky champion Montana State.
He and Pannhara Mam teamed up to defeat MSU's top doubles team, Jakob Dybala and Myles Perkins, in resounding fashion, 8-2, in the first doubles match to finish. The doubles result helped push the Eagles to a sweep of all three matches, as Eastern earned the all-important doubles point and gained a good measure of momentum going into singles.
Schraeder than kept that momentum going, as he was the first player off the court after a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win over Zachery Buenger at No. 2 singles. That gave the Eagles a commanding 2-0 lead on their way to the historic victory.
Schraeder and Mam are riding a five-match winning streak at No. 1 doubles, while Schraeder ended a two-match losing streak at singles with his win over Buenger.
With the win, Eastern snapped a stretch of 27 straight losses to the Bobcats, dating to an 8-1 win in 1979. In fact, the five team points scored in Saturday's match were as many as EWU had tallied in the past 20 meetings between the teams combined (the Eagles were outscored, 129-5, in those contests).
Mam earned Big Sky POW honors once last year, while the last person to do so prior to him was Aaron Heier in 2002.
Schraeder and the Eagles next play at home against the other Big Sky team from the Treasure State, Montana. First serve will be at 9 a.m. on March 10.