March 3, 2007

Eagles Falter, Drop Match to Wyoming, 6-1

March 3, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team was unable to defeat the Wyoming Cowgirls on Saturday afternoon (March 3), as UW outscored the Eagles, 6-1. Eastern Washington was able to earn its lone point of the match on the strength of a clutch 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), (13-11) victory at No. 4 singles by Rachel Berger.

The Cowgirls were able to claim all three doubles matches, although the No. 1 contest was down to the wire. Eastern's No. 1 duo of Berger and Iliana Petrova took the contest to a tiebreaker before falling just short, 8-7 (7-3).

On the strength of a trio of straight-sets wins, Wyoming (4-4) was able to secure its four points needed for a team victory. After that, it got interesting, as the respective Cowgirls and Eagles at courts four, five and six each split their initial two sets and saw the winners determined by super-tiebreakers.

On the fourth court, Berger earned her win to snap a personal eight-match losing streak in singles play. She was followed off the court by Amanda Mankovits at No. 5, who was unable to secure a victory of her own, falling by 2-6, 6-2, (10-1) scores. The final contest to complete play was on the sixth court. There, Wyoming's Jamie Nelson outlasted Marie Demerath in tight fashion, 1-6, 7-6 (10-8), (10-8).

The Eagles (1-6) now return to Big Sky Conference action, playing host to both Montana and Montana State next week. The Eastern-UM match begins at 3 p.m. on Friday (March 9), while the Bobcats and Eagles will face off at 1 p.m. the next day. The busy weekend concludes with EWU's third home contest in three days, as Eastern faces Lewis-Clark State at 1 p.m. on March 10.

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Eastern Washington vs. Wyoming
Wyoming 6, Eastern Washington 1
March 3, 2007, at Pullman, Wash.

Singles competition

1. Sarah Summerfield (UW) def. Kasey Knox (EWU), 6-4, 6-3
2. Karolina Rowinski (UW) def. Iliana Petrova (EWU), 6-1, 6-2
3. Corina Lazar (UW) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 6-3, 6-1
4. Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Amy Senko (UW), 5-7, 7-6 (5), (13-11)
5. Andrea House (UW) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 2-6, 6-2, (10-1)
6. Jamie Nelson (UW) def. Marie Demerath (EWU), 1-6, 7-6 (8), (10-8)

Doubles competition

1. Andrea House/Karolina Rowinski (UW) def. Rachel Berger/Iliana Petrova (EWU), 8-7 (3)
2. Corina Lazar/Amy Senko (UW) def. Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 8-4
3. Jamie Nelson/Sarah Summerfield (UW) def. Marie Demerath/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-6

Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)

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