Eagle Women Suffer Defeat to Bears

March 23, 2009

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team fell to Northern Colorado in a road Big Sky Conference match on Sunday afternoon (March 22) by a 6-1 score.

The Eagles (7-7, 4-3 BSC) did see their No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles players pull off victories. Caitlin Bampton and Kasie King had a convincing 8-2 victory, while Judy Liening pulled out a 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), (10-4) win, as well.

Meanwhile, the No. 1 doubles match went down to the wire, as Marie Demerath and Amanda Mankovits fell in a tight 9-8 (7-1) decision. In singles, Rachel Berger played well in a 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, (11-9) loss on court three.

The Eagles now look ahead to their final Big Sky match of the season against Northern Arizona. First serve is set for 4 p.m. on Tuesday (March 24).

Eastern's match with Wyoming originally scheduled for Monday morning (March 23) was cancelled due to an impending snowstorm due to hit the Laramie area.

Eastern Washington vs Northern Colorado
Mar 22, 2009 at Greeley, Colo.
Northern Colorado 6, Eastern Washington 1

Singles competition

1. KNOP, Tabatha (UNC) def. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) 6-2, 6-1
2. SANTOS, Manuela (UNC) def. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) 7-5, 6-3
3. KNOP, Tiffany (UNC) def. Berger, Rachel (EWU-W) 7-6 (7-3), 2-6, 1-0 (11-9)
4. KAPPEL, Jill (UNC) def. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) 6-3, 6-0
5. XAVIER, Luiza (UNC) def. King, Kasie (EWU-W) 7-5, 6-1
6. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) def. CIARVELLA, Jodi (UNC) 7-5, 6-7 (2-7), 1-0 (10-4)

Doubles competition
1. KNOP, Tabatha/SANTOS, Manuela (UNC) def. DEMERATH, Marie/MANKOVITS, Amanda (EWU-W) 9-8 (7-1)
2. KNOP, Tiffany/CIARVELLA, Jodi (UNC) def. BERGER, Rachel/LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) 8-3
3. BAMPTON, Caitlin/KING, Kasie (EWU-W) def. WHATELEY, Jennifer/KAPPEL, Jill (UNC) 8-2

Eastern Washington 7-7, 4-3 BSC
Northern Colorado 6-10, 4-2 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,5,2,3,6)

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team took a pair of matches on Sunday (March 22) to improve to 10-6 on the season, marking the fourth straight year the team has reached the double-digit win milestone after going 14 straight years without doing so.

The Eagles defeated host Lewis-Clark State in the afternoon by a 5-2 score before blanking Bethany (Kan.), 7-0, that evening. Eastern's two opponents were ranked 17th and 24th, respectively, in the NAIA ranks.

In doubles, Eastern's No. 1 team of Nico Riego de Dios and Kyle Schraeder, playing their first-ever matches as a nationally-ranked duo, earned 8-6 and 8-2 wins in their respective contests.

The talented duo (11-4) entered the national rankings at No. 72 earlier in the week, becoming what is believed to be the first-ever nationally-ranked doubles team at the NCAA Division I level in Eastern history.

Three Eagles were perfect in their two singles matches on Sunday: Schraeder, Julian Sanchez and Chad Henninger, while Art Karas and Kevin Anderson won each of their contests at No. 3 doubles.

Eastern now looks ahead to a pivotal road trip this week. The Eagles will take on Weber State and Idaho State in a pair of Big Sky Conference matches before facing No. 66 BYU. The Weber State match begins at 11 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday (March 25).

Eastern Washington vs Lewis-Clark State
Mar 22, 2009 at Lewiston, Idaho
Eastern Washington 5, Lewis-Clark State 2

Singles competition

1. DUFOUR, Cedric (LCSC) def. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) 6-3, 6-2
2. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. BERHANE, Jonatan (LCSC) 6-3, 6-3
3. LEE, Kevin (LCSC) def. Karas, Art (EWU-M) 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
4. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) def. CHONG, Zhia Hwa (LCSC) 6-0, 0-6, 7-5
5. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. ORAM, Tyler (LCSC) 6-4, 6-3
6. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) def. NIBLEY, Reed (LCSC) 6-0, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. DUFOUR, Cedric/BERHANE, Jonatan (LCSC) 8-6
2. CHONG, Zhia Hwa/LEE, Kevin (LCSC) def. PEZ, Daniel/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) 8-5
3. ANDERSON, Kevin/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) def. NIBLEY, Reed/MUSZYNSKI, Richard (LCSC) 8-4

Eastern Washington 9-6
Lewis-Clark State 4-10

Bethany (Kan.) vs Eastern Washington
Mar 22, 2009 at Lewiston, Idaho
Eastern Washington 7, Bethany (Kan.) 0

Singles competition

1. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. HAMBLETON, Adam (BC) 6-0, 6-0
2. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. DE JONG, Mitchell (BC) 6-0, 6-2
3. Karas, Art (EWU-M) def. SZYMANSKI, Jakub (BC) 6-3, 6-0
4. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. GONZALEZ, Santiago (BC) 6-1, 6-1
5. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) def. RASHKOV, Ivan (BC) 6-1, 6-2
6. Anderson, Kevin (EWU-M) def. KOESTER, Kody (BC) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #72 RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. RASHKOV, Ivan/SZYMANSKI, Jakub (BC) 8-2
2. PEZ, Daniel/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. DE JONG, Mitchell/HAMBLETON, Adam (BC) 8-3
3. ANDERSON, Kevin/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) def. GONZALEZ, Santiago/WATSON, Derek (BC) 8-1

Bethany (Kan.) 3-4
Eastern Washington 10-6

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