Eagles Return Home At Last

After a tough road trip, the Eagles look to snap three match losing streak as they return to the Inland Northwest


Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific

Feb. 5 - Idaho at Thorpe Fieldhouse - 9 a.m.
Feb. 6 - at Gonzaga - 3 p.m.


By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team is back in action at home Friday (Feb. 5) after playing its last four matches on the road, including two against Pacific-10 member schools. The Eagles will take on Idaho at 9 a.m. inside the Thorpe Fieldhouse on the EWU Campus.

Eastern will then head to Spokane on Saturday (Feb. 6) to take on local rival Gonzaga at the Spokane Racquet Club, with matches getting underway at 3 p.m. After the match with Gonzaga, the Eagles will play five straight home games and won't see the road until March 20.

The Eagles went 1-3 on the road trip after starting the season 2-0 with convincing 7-0 victories over Lewis-Clark State College on Jan. 15 and Whitworth University on Jan. 16.

Eastern kicked off the road trip in Portland, Ore., on Jan. 22 with a 7-0 sweep of Big Sky rival Portland State. The Eagles then dropped their next three matches against Portland, No. 72 Oregon, and Washington State.

 

Flying High In The Sky: The Eagles got off on the right foot in Big Sky Conference play with a 7-0 victory over Portland State on Jan. 22. With the victory, the Eagles are currently tied for first place with a 1-0 record with Northern Colorado. Besides Eastern, Portland State, and Northern Colorado, no other Big Sky team has played a conference match.

 

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 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.

 

Moving on Up: Senior Marie Demerath now has three singles wins five matches into the 2009-10 dual-match season, tying her total from last season.

Demerath now has 30 career singles victories, and with one more will tie former teammate Kerstyn Dolack's record of 31, which currently sits at sixth all-time.

 

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.

Links:
Eastern Tennis -- http://goeags.com/sports/w-tennis/index
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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Recent EWU Women's Tennis Headlines . . .

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
January 15, 2010 - Eagles Start Season Off With 7-0 Victory
January 12, 2010 - SEASON OUTLOOK: Eagles Have Several New Faces in 2010
October 25, 2009 - Eagle Men and Women Play in ITA Regionals
September 27, 2009 - Eagles Score Key Wins at EWU/GU Classic
September 25, 2009 - Eagles Play Host to EWU/GU Classic over the Weekend
September 20, 2009 - Eagles Open 2009-10 Campaign in Pullman

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