Eagles Bounce Back to Winning Track

March 6, 2009

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team had three players rally from set deficits to help propel the Eagles to a pivotal 6-1 road victory over Weber State in Big Sky Conference action on Friday afternoon (March 6).

Eastern (5-5, 3-2 BSC) grabbed a 1-0 lead by taking the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches. Marie Demerath and Amanda Mankovits had an 8-6 victory on the first court, while Kasie King and Caitlin Bampton were successful, 8-4, in their first-ever contest together at the No. 2 position.

In singles, Demerath, Mankovits and King all rallied from a set down for victories. Demerath’s win was by 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) scores on court one, while Mankovits recorded a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory on the second court. King had her impressive 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win on court four.

Also, Bampton won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in her first-ever match at No. 3, while Handwerk completed a perfect day with Eastern’s most dominating singles win of the day, 6-3, 6-0. It was also her first complete match of the season, as she needed to retire in Eastern’s 4-3 loss to Gonzaga on Feb. 3.

The Eagles continue their busy road trip with an 8 a.m. Pacific Time match with Idaho State on Saturday (March 7). The Bengals (0-1 BSC) dropped to 0-6 with a 5-2 road loss to Utah State on Wednesday (March 4).

Eastern Washington wraps up its weekend with a match at Utah State at 9 a.m. on Sunday (March 8).

Eastern Washington vs Weber State
Mar 06, 2009 at Ogden, Utah
Eastern Washington 6, Weber State 1

Singles competition

1. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) def. FARIAS, Greyce (WSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) def. DRUGGE, Caroline (WSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. JENKINS, Keya (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. King, Kasie (EWU-W) def. MOORE, Brittiny (WSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. HANCOCK, Karlie (WSU) def. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Handwerk, Heather (EWU-W) def. BENEKE, Elsje (WSU) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. MANKOVITS, Amanda/DEMERATH, Marie (EWU-W) def. DRUGGE, Caroline/MOORE, Brittiny (WSU) 8-6
2. KING, Kasie/BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. JENKINS, Keya/FARIAS, Greyce (WSU) 8-4
3. BENEKE, Elsje/HANCOCK, Karlie (WSU) def. LIENING, Judy/HANDWERK, Heather (EWU-W) 8-5

Eastern Washington 5-5, 3-2 BSC
Weber State 2-9, 0-2 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,5,4,2,1)

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