March 12, 2008
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team, fresh off a 7-0 shutout of Northern Colorado in a home Big Sky Conference match on Saturday afternoon (March 8), will bring a nine-match winning streak into a Friday afternoon contest in Seattle versus No. 23 Washington.
Free live video and stats will be available at http://gohuskies.cstv.com/sports/m-tennis/wash-live-stats.html
The Eagles have now set a school record for winning streak (since EWU entered the NCAA Division I ranks in 1984, as records are incomplete prior to then). The current stretch of nine broke the previous mark of eight set by the 1985 team from March 2-April 12 of that year.
Eastern Washington started its season with an impressive 4-3 loss at then-No. 68 BYU before falling on the road to Pacific-10 Conference-member Oregon, 6-1. Of the nine wins that have followed, all but two have come by 5-2 or better scores.
The Eagles are off to a 3-0 start in Big Sky Conference play, its best ever and just two wins shy of the most recorded in school history (last year's squad went 5-2 in league play).
Washington is 10-4 and won its only contest played against a Pac-10 opponent so far this year, 4-3 at Oregon on Feb. 29. The Huskies have won five straight matches.
"We are excited about the opportunity to play one of the best teams in the country," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "The guys are excited about getting out and competing against some of the top players in the country.
"It's going to be a match where we are going to look to get the doubles point. We know we can compete with anyone, and if you get things going your way, you never know what's going to happen."
The match will also mark Eastern Washington's last one in the state until the Eagles pay a visit to local rival Gonzaga on April 9. Eastern will play four straight matches in California before playing a couple in Portland, Ore., prior to meeting the Bulldogs.
Mam Sets School Record, Quickly Tied by Karas
With a 7-6, 6-1 straight-sets win over Idaho State's Marc Pijoan on March 1, junior Pannhara Mam rewrote the Eagle record book, as he took over sole possession of the school record for wins in a career with 34.
He has, however, since been caught by Art Karas, as the two enter this week with 35 wins apiece. The former record holder, Jason Chapman (1992-95), has 33 wins and is in third. Tied for fourth with 30 victories are current Eagles Patrick Millican and Kyle Schraeder.
In doubles play, Mam and Schraeder have teamed up for 22 career wins to take over the top spot in that category. Jonathan Davis and Millican are in the second spot on that chart with 18 victories.
Where's the Match?
Home tennis matches will take place outside at the Sports and Recreation tennis courts, located directly to the southeast of the varsity soccer field.
Rain or cold temperatures will, however, move matches indoors to the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse, located directly to the south of Reese Court, the home for Eastern's volleyball and basketball teams. The Fieldhouse is located on the bottom floor of the facility right behind the racquetball courts.
Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008
The Eagles are taking on top-notch competition this year, playing five matches versus top-75 opponents.
After playing No. 68 BYU in a 4-3 road loss on Jan. 19, the Eagles are set to take on No. 23 Washington and No. 48 Fresno State on Friday (March 14) and March 26, respectively.
Also, UW's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan is ranked 82nd in the national singles rankings, while Fresno State's Mirko Zapletal is in the 99th slot.