After starting the dual-match season with sweeps over Lewis-Clark State and Whitworth, the Eagles will hit the road for three straight matches in Oregon
Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
Jan. 22 - at Portland State - Time TBA
Jan. 23 - Portland in Eugene, Ore. - 10 a.m.
Jan. 24 - at Oregon - 10 a.m.
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will hit the road this week for three matches in the state of Oregon -- including the Big Sky Conference opener against Portland State and a match against nationally-ranked Oregon.
The Eagles will face their first Big Sky opponent of the season in Portland State, who Eastern will face on Friday Jan. 22 in Portland, Ore.
The match will be first of the dual-match season for the Vikings, but the two squads caught glimpses of each other as Portland State participated in the Eastern Washington/Gonzaga Classic this fall. The Vikings were predicted to finish eighth in the Big Sky Conference preseason poll.
Eastern will then make the short trip from Portland to Eugene, Ore., to take on Portland on Jan. 23 and then Oregon on Jan. 24. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. The Eagles will be facing a tough task against the Ducks, as Oregon is entering dual-match play ranked No. 71 in the nation.
First Time for Everything: Eagle freshmen Chelsea Patton, Ryann Warner and Jessie Steele picked up their first singles wins of their career over the weekend against Lewis-Clark State and Whitworth.
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 picked up two more career singles wins over the weekend against Lewis-Clark State (Jan. 15) and Whitworth (Jan. 16). Demerath now has 29 career singles victories, and with two more will tie former teammate Kerstyn Dolack's record of 31, which currently sits at sixth all-time.
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NCAA Tennis -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-tennis/ncaa-w-tennis-body.html
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