Kasey Knox
Kasey Knox
Height: 5-5
Year: Senior
Hometown: West Richland, Wash.
High School: Hanford HS '04
Experience: 3L
2007: Knox completed her incredible season with First Team All-Big Sky Conference honors, becoming the first Eagle to ever be named to the First Team since the Big Sky started sponsoring the sport in 1988. She was also named the league's Player of the Week after breaking the school record for single-season wins on April 22. She earned her 13th and 14th wins of the season that day, all in the first position, a total she would finish the season with. Knox tied for the school mark in that category with Marie Demerath, who also had 14 that year. She was also a member of the Big Sky Conference's All-Academic Team. Knox started the spring on a high note, as she and Kerstyn Dolack had an 8-5 win in EWU's 7-0 loss to 66th-ranked Washington State. She helped lead Eastern to a 4-3 win over Northern Colorado with an 8-6 doubles win (with Dolack) and a dominating 6-1, 6-1 singles victory. Both came in the first positions. Knox and Dolack defeated Colorado State's top doubles team 8-5 in a 6-1 loss to the Rams. In a pivotal 5-2 win over Montana which snapped a 24-match losing streak Eastern had with the Grizzlies, she provided the clinching doubles and singles tallies. In doubles, she teamed with Dolack in pulling away from a 6-6 deadlock for an 8-6 win to give Eastern a 1-0 lead. In singles, Knox completed a 6-4, 6-4 win in the No. 1 position to give EWU a 4-0 advantage. She completed a 6-4, 6-2 victory in a 4-3 loss to Portland. Against Weber State, Knox and Dolack won 8-5 in doubles and then Knox gave the Eagles a 3-1 advantage with a 7-5, 6-0 singles victory. Eastern would prevail in the contest, 4-3. She was also perfect in a 7-0 whitewashing of Idaho State, EWU's first 7-0 win over an NCAA Division I since 2001. In a 6-1 loss to Northern Arizona, she earned the lone point for the Eagles after gutting out a 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 victory, her fifth win in a row. A 4-3 loss to Gonzaga on April 5 saw Knox win in both singles and doubles. The singles win was extremely dramatic, as she pulled out a 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), (10-7) win. She had trailed in the second set 4-1 and then, in the second-set tiebreaker, 6-3, before rallying for her win, coming back from being down match point five times. She then helped lead the Eagles to a defeat of the Zags 5-2 a week later by following up an 8-6 doubles win (with Iliana Petrova) with a dominating 6-1, 6-2 singles win over GU's top player. She then won her 10th match in 11 tries by 6-2, 6-4 scores against Idaho on April 22 after earlier in the day breaking the school record for singles victories in a season with a 6-2, 6-2 win versus Lewis-Clark State. In the fall, Knox went 4-1, recording wins in her first four contests. In doubles, she teamed with Dolack to go 1-1 at the Duck Classic.

2006: With an outstanding season, Knox was able to earn Second Team All-Big Sky Conference honors. With a pair of wins at No. 1 singles and doubles in the team's Feb. 4 match with Lewis-Clark State, a 6-1 victory, she attained Big Sky Conference Player of the Week accolades. Knox earned a two victories in Eastern Washington's 5-2 win over Idaho State, both at the No. 1 position and each in thrilling fashion - 4-6, 6-1, (11-9) in singles and (with Rachel Berger) 9-8 in doubles. She went a combined 4-0 in matches played in Kennewick, Wash., near her hometown of West Richland. Based on her efforts in Kennewick, she earned her second conference Player of the Week honors. Knox ended the season as Eastern's No. 1 singles player.

2005: As a freshman, Knox earned All-Big Sky Honorable Mention accolades to become the first EWU player to achieve that distinction since Sarah Blomgren did so in 2001. With teammate Sayaka Yoshimoto, Knox had an 11-9 record as EWU's No. 1 doubles team, posting the first 10-win season for an Eagle pair since 1995-96's duo of Tina Dlouhy and Sejla Seriforvic combined for a 10-9 record for Eastern Washington. The two would team up for four more wins over the next two years to finish with 14, tied for the second-most by an Eagle doubles team in school history.

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