Eagles Battle, Fall to Idaho 4-3

Feb. 22, 2009

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team fell, 4-3, to Idaho in a Sunday afternoon (Feb. 22) match in Cheney, Wash. Even though the teams split the six singles matches, Idaho prevailed by one by taking 2-of-3 doubles contests.

The Eagles (3-4) claimed the No. 1 doubles match, as Marie Demerath and Amanda Mankovits teamed up for an 8-4 victory. Idaho (7-4), however, prevailed in the other two doubles contests and entered singles play with a 1-0 lead.

Mankovits also played well in singles, as she cut Idaho’s lead to 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory on court two. After the Vandals extended their advantage to 3-1, Rachel Berger once again cut it down, as her 7-5, 6-0 victory at No. 3 trimmed EWU’s deficit to just 3-2.

The next match to finish saw Kasie King battle before falling to her opponent on court five, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3. The five-hour match between the Eagles and Vandals then completed on a positive note for the Eagles with Judy Liening’s 7-6, 7-6 victory on court six.

Next weekend, the Eagles wrap up their five-match home stand with a pair of Big Sky Conference matches. Eastern (1-1 BSC) plays host to Montana (3-1, 1-0 BSC) at 5 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 27), before welcoming Montana State (3-6, 1-0 BSC) to the EWU campus for an 11 a.m. match on Saturday (Feb. 28).

Those will be Eastern Washington’s last home matches until April 11, as the team’s following 10 contests will be played away from home.

Idaho vs Eastern Washington
Feb 22, 2009 at Cheney, Wash.
Idaho 4, Eastern Washington 3

Singles competition

1. PEREVOSHCHIKOVA, Maria (UI) def. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) 6-1, 6-0
2. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) def. COHEN, Daniela (UI) 6-4, 6-2
3. Berger, Rachel (EWU-W) def. MACIOCHA, Barbara (UI) 7-5, 6-0
4. ULESANU, Alexandra (UI) def. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) 7-5, 6-3
5. LY, Yvette (UI) def. King, Kasie (EWU-W) 7-6 (7-5), 6-3
6. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) def. SIWA, Jana (UI) 7-6, 7-6

Doubles competition
1. DEMERATH, Marie/MANKOVITS, Amanda (EWU-W) def. COHEN, Daniela/MACIOCHA, Barbara (UI) 8-4
2. LY, Yvette/ULESANU, Alexandra (UI) def. LIENING, Judy/BERGER, Rachel (EWU-W) 8-4
3. KIRCH, Natalie/SIWA, Jana (UI) def. BAMPTON, Caitlin/KING, Kasie (EWU-W) 8-5

Idaho 7-4
Eastern Washington 3-4
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (1,2,4,3,5,6)

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