April 3, 2007

Mam Named Co-Big Sky Tennis Player of the Week

April 3, 2007

Pannhara Mam of the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team was named a Co-Big Sky Player of the Week after his impressive performances last week, as he went 2-1 in singles and doubles play and the Eagles as a team recorded an identical mark in its three matches.

Mam helped lead the Eagles to its school-record fifth Big Sky Conference win of the season, 4-3 over Northern Arizona, last Tuesday (March 27). Eastern went 5-2 this season in league play, surpassing its previous best season of 3-3 last year. In singles play, Mam earned the clinching fourth team point with an impressive 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 comeback victory over Northern Arizona's top player, Gareth Ducray.

Against Scottsdale CC the next day, he won easily at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2, and also teamed with Daniel Pez for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles.

In Eastern's 6-1 loss to New Mexico State, which finished off a grueling 3,229-mile six-match road trip, he and Kyle Schraeder won at No. 1 doubles, 8-3. That would be one of only two wins on the day for the Eagles. He also saw his nine-match singles winning streak finally come to an end after a hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 loss to NMSU's No. 1 player, Gustave Diep.

On the season, Mam is 18-6 in singles, 12-5 in the dual-match season and 9-5 in the No. 1 position. He is 11-6 in No. 1 doubles, 13-7 overall in doubles play.

Mam earned the weekly honors once last year and became the second Eagle this season to be named, as Schraeder earned the accolades on Feb. 28. Mam shared this week's honors with Sacramento State's Anton Stryhas.

The Eagles are in the midst of a well-deserved break from competition following their 3,229-mile six-match road trip over Spring Break. Eastern's next match will be at 3 p.m. on April 10 at home against rival Gonzaga.

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