Eagles Host Seattle and Pacific This Weekend

Eastern will look to snap five-match losing streak Saturday against Seattle University and Sunday against University of the Pacific

Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
Feb. 13 - Seattle at Thorpe Fieldhouse - 10 a.m.
Feb. 14 - Pacific at Thorpe Fieldhouse - 10 a.m.

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will look to get things back on track this weekend when it takes on Seattle University on Saturday (Feb. 13) at 10 a.m. and University of the Pacific on Sunday (Feb. 14) at 10 a.m. in the Thorpe Fieldhouse on the EWU campus.

The Eagles went 0-2 over the past week, losing to Idaho 4-3 on Feb. 5 and to Gonzaga 7-0 on Feb. 6. With the losses, the Eagles have lost their last five matches and sit at 3-5 on the season, and 1-0 in Big Sky Conference play.

Seattle University is 2-2 so far this season, holding victories over South Dakota and Pacific Lutheran. Prior to matching-up with the Eagles Saturday morning, the Redhawks will play two matches Friday on the Palouse against Washington State and Idaho. After their match with Eastern, the Redhawks will head to Spokane to take on Gonzaga.

The Pacific Tigers are 2-3 on the season and have a 7-0 victory over Big Sky member Weber State. The Tigers are coming off a heart-breaking 4-3 loss at home to No. 55 Denver on Feb. 6.


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 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.


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.

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
More Information and Links are Available at: HTTP://GOEAGS.COM

Recent EWU Women's Tennis Headlines . . .

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
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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