Rose City Trip This Weekend for Eagles

April 4, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team will combine a Big Sky Conference match with Portland State this weekend with a non-conference contest versus Portland.

The Eagles will first face the Pilots on Saturday (April 5) before taking on the Vikings in the league contest on Sunday (April 6). Both matches start at 10 a.m.

Eastern Washington earned its 10th win of the season last week to mark its third-straight 10-win season, but just its fourth since entering the NCAA Division I ranks in 1984 (the 1985 squad went 13-10).

EWU (10-6) is currently tied for the third-highest win total attained since 1984.

In league matches, the Eagles carry a 3-1 mark into this weekend. The three Big Sky wins tie for the second-highest sum in school annals (the 2006 team went 3-3, while last year's squad was 5-2).

Portland State enters the weekend 5-11, 1-4 in Big Sky matches.

Incredibly, Portland will close out its 2008 regular season with the Eagles. The Pilots enter the contest with a 10-6 record. UP has gone 3-0 against Big Sky squads in 2008.

Earlier this year, Eastern had a nine-match winning streak, the longest ever seen at the school at the Division I level. The previous mark was eight, set from March 2-April 12, 1985.

Also, its 3-0 start in Big Sky play was its best ever.


Mam and Karas Battle for Record

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 have battled for the top spot in the record book ever since the beginning of March.

Currently, both Eagles have compiled 37 wins in their respective careers.

Meanwhile, the former record holder, Jason Chapman (1992-95), has 33 wins and is in third. In fourth is Kyle Schraeder (31), while Patrick Millican sits in fifth (30).

In doubles play, Mam and Schraeder have teamed up for 24 career wins to take over the top spot in that category. Jonathan Davis and Millican are in the second spot on that chart, not far behind, with 20 victories.


Where's the Match?

Home tennis matches will take place outside at the Sports and Recreation tennis courts, located directly to the northwest 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 building right behind the racquetball courts.


Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008

The Eagles have taken 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 fell to No. 23 Washington 7-0 on March 14 and to 52nd-ranked Fresno State 6-1 on Wednesday (March 26).

Also, UW's Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan, ranked 82nd nationally, defeated Pannhara Mam 6-2, 6-1, while Fresno State's Rudolf Siwy, ranked 104th, defeated Mam, 6-4, 6-3.

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