May 2, 2007
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team saw two players earn First Team All-Big Sky Conference accolades for the first time in school history, as the Big Sky office released its All-Conference Teams on Wednesday (May 2). The Eagles have now doubled the number of first-team members in university annals in this year alone, from two to four.
Named to the first team were Pannhara Mam and Kyle Schraeder. Earning Honorable Mention recognition was Art Karas. The Eagles have now seen three players honored by the league office for the second consecutive season and for just the second time in EWU history. Last year, Mam was named to the first team, Schraeder received honorable mention accolades and Patrick Millican achieved mention on the second team.
"Certainly these three guys deserve the all-conference recognition they have received," head coach Patrick Dreves said. "Earning all-conference honors is special. I look forward to the next two years with this group and bringing home a conference championship."
All three players are sophomores, and they helped lead the Eagles to an outstanding season. Eastern Washington went 5-2 in league play to earn its first winning conference mark in school history and 14-12 overall for its second straight winning season and third in 21 years. The 14 wins also were the most earned by an Eagle squad since EWU joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1984.
Eastern Washington advanced to the Big Sky championship match with a pair of postseason wins, their first in the Division I era, breaking a run of 40 straight postseason losses.
Mam finished his season with 15 spring wins, which set a school mark (dating to 1989). He is also tied with teammate Patrick Millican for the second-most career wins with 27, trailing Jason Chapman's total of 33 earned from 1992-95. Mam finished spring play 15-10 and went 21-11 overall in 2006-07. In doubles, the sophomore went 16-10 in the spring with three different partners, 18-11 including fall play.
Schraeder also had an outstanding season and, like Mam, played all of his singles matches in the Nos. 1 and 2 positions. He went 12-11 in the spring (2-1 at the No. 1 position) and his 12 victories tied for the fifth-highest total in school history. Overall, he was 15-13 in 2006-07. Doubles play saw the sophomore go 15-11 in the spring, 17-13 overall.
Mam and Schraeder also teamed up for doubles success, as they not only saw their 15 wins in 2007 set a school record, but it also erased the old school record for career victories. That mark had been held by Dean Kimoto and Ryan Moran, who had 14 victories from 2000-01.
Karas completed his spring campaign with 14 singles wins, the second-highest total in Eagle annals and just one behind Mam's 2007 total. He went an outstanding 14-6 in spring play, 16-8 overall in 2006-07. His doubles play saw the sophomore record a limited 2-6 record in spring play, 3-8 including fall matches.