Eagles Host Lumberjacks and Bulldogs In Final Homestand

A victory this weekend would give the Eagles 11 victories on the year, tying the highest amount since the 1988-89 season

Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
April 10 – Northern Arizona – 10 a.m. 
April 12 – Gonzaga – 3 p.m.

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information 

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team will host Big Sky member Northern Arizona Saturday April 10 and Gonzaga Monday April 12 in what will be the last home matches of the 2009-10 season.

Barring bad weather, the matches will be played outside at the tennis courts on the EWU campus. Otherwise, the matches will be played in the Thorpe Fieldhouse.

There are many things at stake this weekend for the Eagles. Not only are they still fighting for the final top four spot in the Big Sky standings, but one victory this weekend will give the Eagles 11 wins – tying the most for any squad since the 1988-89 team won 11 games.

“After a dramatic win over Seattle University, this team is getting more confident all the time,” said associate head coach Dale Silha. “Different players are stepping up with big wins. It's really been a team effort in most of our wins this season.”

The Eagles enter the match against Northern Arizona with a 10-8 overall record and a 4-2 Big Sky Conference record, currently good for fourth place. The Lumberjacks at a perfect 5-0 in the conference and have won eight of their last ten matches. Saturday will also serve as Senior Day for the Eagles, as they say goodbye to departing seniors Marie Demerath and Marta Tosic.

Eastern has already matched up with Gonzaga once this season and was swept 7-0 on Feb. 6. The Bulldogs are 12-4 overall on the season.

“We have been playing better doubles each week, demonstrated by the great doubles win over Seattle University,” said Silha. “Northern Arizona has strong doubles teams and has only lost one conference match this season, it’ll be a tough match-up for us. We will be ready to play and I look forward to the battle on the courts.”

After the two matches, the Eagles play their final two regular-season matches of their season on the road. Eastern will match-up with Idaho on April 13 and Montana State on April 17.


Moving on Up: Senior Marie Demerath now has eight singles wins in the 2009-10 dual-match season, surpassing her total wins from last season.

Demerath now has 35 career singles victories, which is fourth most all-time in program history. She just surpassed Amanda Mankovits and Sejla Serifovic, who both had 34.


Bampton: Caitlin Bampton was awarded the first Big Sky Player of the Week honor of her career for her performances from March 10 to March 16.

Bampton, a sophomore from Kennewick, Wash., went 2-0 at No. 1 singles and doubles to help the Eagles to conference wins over the Weber State Wildcats and Idaho State Bengals.

Bampton won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 over Keya Jenkins of Weber State and 6-3, 6-1 over Lisel Lewis of Idaho State, both at No. 1 singles. Bampton joined teammate Kelsey Knight to defeat the No. 1 doubles team against both Weber State and Idaho State.

It was the second such honor for the Eagles this season; Marie Demerath was awarded the same honor on Jan. 21.


Improving Doubles: The Eagles doubles play is improving match by match, according to associate head coach Dale Silha

“Our doubles play is getting better with each match,” said Silha. “We have won the doubles point in each of the four conference matches that we have played."

In nine of the ten Eagle victories this season, Eastern has captured the doubles point. Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight lead the Eagles will a 7-3 record at No. 1 doubles on the year. The duo has won their last three matches.


Competing Nationally: Although Eastern dropped its match against No. 71 Oregon 7-0 on Jan. 23, the Eagles picked up a No. 2 doubles victory and a couple singles players battled to the very end in their respective singles matches.

“We were able to get a significant win against Oregon's No. 2 doubles team,” said associate women’s head coach Dale Silha. “Kelsey Knight at No. 3 singles and Judy Liening at No. 6 singles had extremely close matches against Oregon that could have gone either way."


First Time for Everything: Eagle freshmen Chelsea Patton, Ryann Warner and Jessie Steele picked up their first singles wins of their career against Lewis-Clark State (Jan. 15) and Whitworth (Jan. 16).

Both Patton and Warner won both of their singles matches to advance to 2-0 on the season, and Steele saw her first action Saturday (Jan. 16) against Whitworth in defeating Stephanie Reardon 4-6, 6-4, 1-0.

Patton teamed up with Caitlin Bampton in both matches to pick up two doubles wins, and Warner matched up with Judy Liening to go 1-1 over the two matches.


Noteworthy Performances: Marie Demerath earned Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors on Jan. 21 for her performance in season-opening matches for the Eagles against Lewis-Clark State College (Jan. 15) and Whitworth University (Jan. 16). 

Demerath, a senior from Kenmore, Wash., compiled a 2-0 record in singles play and a 2-0 record in doubles action en route to sweeping 7-0 victories for the Eagles.

On Jan. 15 against Lewis-Clark State as the No. 2 singles player, Demerath defeated Dorothy Chong 6-0, 6-3. She teamed-up with partner Kelsey Knight for an 8-1 doubles victory as well.

Against Whitworth on Jan. 16, Demerath was victorious on the No. 1 singles court against Allie Marshall 6-2, 6-0. Demerath and Knight picked up another doubles victory by an 8-3 score.

This is the second Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honor for Demerath, who was awarded the same honor during the 2006-07 season.


Eastern Tennis -- http://goeags.com/sports/w-tennis/index
Stats & Results -- http://goeags.com/sports/w-tennis/2009-10/statistics/teamstat.htm
Big Sky Conference Tennis -- http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=tennis2&path=wten
NCAA Tennis -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-tennis/ncaa-w-tennis-body.html
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February 20, 2010 - Eagles Stay Undefeated in Big Sky
February 14, 2010 - Pacific Hands Eastern Hard Fought 7-0 Loss
February 13, 2010 - Eagles Edge Redhawks 4-3
February 6, 2010 - Gonzaga Sweeps Eastern 7-0
February 5, 2010 - Eagles Fall Just Short Against Idaho 4-3
January 29, 2010 - Cougars Defeat Eagles 7-0
January 24, 2010 - Eagles Fall 7-0 To No. 71 Oregon
January 23, 2010 - Pilots Ground Eagles 7-0
January 22, 2010 - Eagles Sweep Portland State 7-0
January 21, 2010 - Demerath Named Big Sky Player of the Week
January 16, 2010 - Eagles Defeat Pirates 7-0
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January 12, 2010 - SEASON OUTLOOK: Eagles Have Several New Faces in 2010
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