Eagles Wrap Up First Competition of 2010 Fall Season

Warner, Norena, Liening and Knight record singles wins over Big Sky foes from Portland State, Montana and Montana State

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team opened its 2010-11 campaign at the Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash., which was held Friday-Sunday (Sept. 24-26). The Eagles faced off against several Big Sky opponents at the tournament and came away with four singles wins against those conference foes.

Sophomore Ryann Warner advanced to the second round of the crimson bracket with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Gonzaga's Sophie Lantta. Warner dropped her second-round matchup, but rebounded well, as she beat Anya Dalkin of Portland State in the consolation round with a 6-1, 6-2 decision.

Sophomore Kelsey Knight also recorded a win in the consolation round of the crimson bracket, as she knocked off Whitney Paluch of Montana by a score of 6-1, 6-2.

Sophomore Rocio Norena fell in her first contest of the tournament, but went on to win both of her matches in the consolation round of the gray bracket, which included a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Portland State's Todd. Senior Judy Liening defeated Montana State's Gabi Villegas in the same bracket, as she dominated the consolation match with 6-2, 6-0 decision.

In doubles play, Knight and junior Caitlin Bampton topped PSU's Dalkin and Bellicano 8-4, while junior-transfer Nefeli Diamanti and sophomore Chelsea Patton defeated Seattle's Morter and Wurden, also by a score of 8-4. In the second round of the gray doubles bracket, Liening and freshman Helon Ricks beat Gomez and Owens of Washington State (8-3).

The Eagles will return to action next weekend when they host the EWU/GU Classic in Cheney, Wash. The event will run Friday-Sunday (Oct. 1-3).


Eastern Results

Crimson Singles

First Round
Warner (EWU) def. Lantta (Gonzaga) (6-4, 6-2)
Irimescu (Idaho) def. Patton (EWU) (6-1, 6-4)

Second Round
Vasilieva (WSU) def. Warner (EWU) (6-0, 6-0)
Edwards (BSU) def. Knight (EWU) (6-1, 6-0)
Schwab (Seattle) def. Diamanti (EWU) (6-0, 6-0)

Crimson Singles Consolation

First Round
Paluch (Montana) def. Patton (EWU) (6-2, 6-0)

Second Round
Lopez (MSU) def. Warner (EWU (6-4, 6-2)
Musilovich (WSU) def. Knight (EWU) (6-0, 6-0)
Dodge (Gonzaga) def. Diamanti (EWU) (6-1, 6-1)
Warner (EWU) def. Dalkin (PSU) (6-1, 6-2)
Knight (EWU) vs. Paluch (MSU) (6-1, 6-2)
Stime (Gonzaga) def. Diamanti (EWU) (6-0, 6-1)

Gray Singles

First Round
Gomez (WSU) def. Liening (EWU) (6-3, 6-0)

Second Round
Nicolas (WSU) def. Norena (EWU) (6-1, 6-0)

Gray Singles Consolation

First Round
Steele (EWU) def. Peterson (Seattle) (6-2, 6-1)
Liening (EWU) def. Villegas (MSU) (6-2, 6-0)
Fairbotham (MSU) def. Ricks (EWU) (6-1, 5-7, 0-3)

Second Round
Norena (EWU) def. Siwa (Idaho) (6-1, 6-3)
Jansen (WSU) def. Silha (EWU) (6-1, 6-0)
Norena (EWU) def. Todd (PSU) (6-2, 6-2)
Humphrey (Gonzaga) def. Silha (EWU) (6-2, 6-0)

Crimson Doubles

Second Round
Musilovich/Nicolas (WSU) def. Knight/Bampton (EWU) 8-4
Mehndiratta/Teitzel (Gonzaga) def. Diamanti/Patton (EWU) 8-3

Knight/Bampton (EWU) def. Dalkin Bellicano (PSU) 8-4
Diamanti/Patton (EWU) def. Mortera/Wurden (Seattle) 8-4
Ohno/Schwab (MSU) def. Knight/Bampton (EWU) 8-3
Lantta/Tabb (Gonzaga) def. Diamanti/Patton (EWU) 8-5

Gray Doubles

Second Round
Liening/Ricks (EWU) def. Gomez/Owens (WSU) 8-3
Verspieren/Bjerken (Gonzaga) def. Norena/Steele (EWU) 8-4
Voight/Cassman (Air Force) def. Warner/Silha (EWU) 8-1

Third Round
Machioca/Lozano (Idaho) def. Liening/Ricks (EWU) 8-2

Peterson/Lambert (Seattle) def. Norena/Steele (EWU) 8-2
Jansen/Troedson (WSU) def. Warner/Silha (EWU) 8-2

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