February 17, 2008

Eagles Win Second Straight Match

Feb. 17, 2008

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team broke away from a 2-2 tie for the second straight day in a 4-3 win over UC Riverside on Sunday morning (Feb. 17) in Portland, Ore. The Eagles now look ahead to its annual contest at Gonzaga on Wednesday (Feb. 20).

The Eagles took the doubles point after Kasey Knox and Amanda Mankovits won 8-5 on court one and Kerstyn Dolack and Rachel Berger prevailed 8-3 on the third court.

UC Riverside claimed 2-of-3 singles contest right out the gate to tie the score 2-2. Sarah Leuenberger pulled out a clutch comeback 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 win in the No. 3 position.

But, just as it looked like the match was going to go down to the stretch, Mankovits and Berger finished off quick victories to clinch the win for Eastern. Mankovits won 6-2, 6-1, while Berger was victorious by 6-2, 6-3 scores.

On Saturday (Feb. 16), the Eagles were also tied with Portland State, 2-2, before winning the next three matches to finish, each in straight sets.

The Eastern Washington-Gonzaga match on Wednesday begins at 3 p.m. The rivals will play their return meeting in Cheney on April 10. Wednesday's match will be Eastern's last until Big Sky Conference opponent Idaho State pays a visit to the EWU campus on March 1.

UC Riverside vs Eastern Washington
2/17/08 at Portland, Ore.
Eastern Washington 4, UC Riverside 3

Singles competition
1. Erynne Oki (UCR) def. Kasey Knox (EWU) 7-6, 6-2
2. H.R. Espiritu (UCR) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) 6-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-4
3. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) def. Nadia Sakhakorn (UCR) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
4. Amanda Mankovits (EWU) def. Roxanne Plata (UCR) 6-2, 6-1
5. Yasaman Sakhakorn (UCR) def. Marie Demerath (EWU) 6-3, 1-6, 7-5
6. Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Angelique Corpuz (UCR) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU) def. Erynne Oki/Angelique Corpuz (UCR) 8-5
2. H.R. Espiritu/Roxanne Plata (UCR) def. Marie Demerath/Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 8-4
3. Kerstyn Dolack/Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Nadia Sakhakorn/Yasaman Sakhakorn (UCR) 8-3

Match Notes:
UC Riverside 3-3
Eastern Washington 2-5

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