Eagles Finish Road Trip with Loss to UTEP

March 31, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team finally completed its 3,137-mile road trip on Saturday morning (March 31) with a 6-1 loss to UTEP (9-7), a team on a hot streak as evidenced by its three-match winning streak and current stretch of eight wins in 10 contests.

The Eagles claimed wins at No. 3 doubles and No. 2 singles. Amanda Mankovits and Marie Demerath teamed up for an 8-6 win over Harmonie Chatagner and Katherine Palider to snap a three-match losing streak as a doubles tandem, while Kerstyn Dolack dominated in her 6-2, 6-1 win in singles play.

Dolack's three games allowed was the second-lowest total for her against an NCAA Division I opponent in 2006-07 - the lowest came in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gonzaga's Kimberly Aigner in her first match of the season at the Red Lion Invitational.

Playing well in singles, as well, was Mankovits as she took her opponent at No. 4, Palider, to a second-set tiebreaker before falling, 6-2, 7-6 (7-1).

Eastern Washington finished up its five-match Spring Break road trip with a 3-2 mark, which included a pair of important Big Sky Conference wins over the weekend to push EWU's final league mark to a school-record 4-3. With that record, the Eagles currently sit in third place in the eight-team league.

Eastern will complete its home slate of contests at 3 p.m. on Thursday (April 5) against local rival Gonzaga, who is 3-13 with a match scheduled today at Idaho. Sayaka Yoshimoto is the lone senior on the Eagles squad.

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Eastern Washington at UTEP
UTEP 6, Eastern Washington 1
March 31, 2007, at El Paso, Texas

Doubles competition
1. Weronika Bloczynska/Megan Pritchard (UTEP) def. Rachel Berger/Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU), 8-1
2. Marina Deluca/Isabela Kulaif (UTEP) def. Kerstyn Dolack/Kasey Knox (EWU), 8-4
3. Amanda Mankovits/Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Harmonie Chatagner/Katherine Palider (UTEP), 8-6

Singles competition
1. Weronika Bloczynska (UTEP) def. Kasey Knox (EWU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Isabela Kulaif (UTEP), 6-2, 6-1
3. Marina Deluca (UTEP) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 6-1, 6-0
4. Katherine Palider (UTEP) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 6-2, 7-6 (1)
5. Megan Pritchard (UTEP) def. Marie Demerath (EWU), 6-4, 6-2
6. Samantha Attard (UTEP) def. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU), 6-1, 6-0

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

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