Eagles Hold Tough with Air Force, Fall 4-2

Jan. 26, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team was unable to overcome an Air Force team on Friday afternoon (Jan. 26) and fell to the Falcons by a 4-2 score. The Eagles now look ahead to its first Big Sky Conference match of the season, which will be played at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday.


Even though the AFA won all three doubles matches, Eastern's Nos. 1 and 3 teams did not go down quietly, finally succumbing by 8-6 scores. In singles play, the Eagles held their own, as the Eagles won two contests, lost two in three sets each and fell in another which may have only gone two sets, but each stanza was decided in tiebreakers.


At No. 1, Eastern's Kasey Knox took Air Force's top singles player, Christine Abayan, to a deciding set before falling, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Eagle players took wins at courts two and three. Iliana Petrova claimed a 7-6, 7-5 win over Lauren Wilson at No. 2, while Kerstyn Dolack won, 6-0, 7-6 (8-6), versus Karissa Walker on the third court.


Another three-set contest was seen on court four, as Rachel Berger lost to her Air Force counterpart, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6, 6-2. Marie Demerath at court six rounded out singles play with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Kelly Morgan.


The Eagles will play the middle match of their three-match road trip to the Centennial State on Saturday (Jan. 27) against new Big Sky Conference member Northern Colorado. The match will serve as UNC's first-ever BSC contest and will also be the Bears' opening match overall of 2007. The weekend's play concludes with a contest at Colorado State at 8 a.m. PT on Sunday.




Eastern Washington at Air Force

Air Force 4, Eastern Washington 2

Jan. 26, 2007, at Colorado Springs, Colo.


Singles competition

1. Christine Abayan (AFA) def. Kasey Knox (EWU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-0

2. Iliana Petrova (EWU) def. Lauren Wilson (AFA), 7-6 (3), 7-5

3. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Karissa Walker (AFA), 6-0, 7-6 (6)

4. Meghan Kiser (AFA) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 7-6 (2), 3-6, 6-2

5. Erika Shortridge (AFA) vs. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 7-6, 6-5

6. Kelly Morgan (AFA) def. Marie Demerath (EWU), 6-3, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Karissa Walker/Lauren Wilson (AFA) def. Kerstyn Dolack/Kasey Knox (EWU), 8-6

2. Christine Abayan/Meghan Kiser (AFA) def. Amanda Mankovits/Iliana Petrova (EWU), 8-3

3. Kelly Morgan/Erika Shortridge (AFA) def. Rachel Berger/Marie Demerath (EWU), 8-6


Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,6)

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