Knox Ties Record as Eagles Conclude Regular Season with Loss to Gauchos

April 13, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team wrapped up an impressive regular season on Friday afternoon (April 13) with a 5-2 loss to UC Santa Barbara in a contest played in Pullman, Wash. In the defeat, Kasey Knox tied the school record for number of wins in a season, earning her 12th of the dual-match season. She now shares that mark with five other players, dating to the 1991 season.

UC Santa Barbara (10-8) took control of the contest by taking each of the three doubles contests to earn the doubles point. After the Gauchos went up, 3-0, with a pair of singles wins, Knox (15-10, 12-8 spring) earned her historic victory, 7-5, 7-5, over Marta Simic. The win also allowed the junior to tie Tina Dlouhy's 1985 season for most wins in the No. 1 position in a season. She has won three straight contests and 8-of-9, all at the No. 1 position.

Earning the final team point for Eastern was Marie Demerath, as she continued a hot streak of six wins in eight contests with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Kristen Wilson. The day's play concluded when Sayaka Yoshimoto narrowly lost to Brittany Kausen in a supertiebreaker, 6-4, 2-6, (10-6).

Eastern Washington completed its regular season with a 7-13 overall mark, impressive considering no previous Eagle women's tennis team had won more than seven contests since the 1993 team went 10-8.

The Eagles will take a 13-day break from competition before returning to action at the Big Sky Conference Championship from April 27-29 in Sacramento, Calif. In league contests, EWU finished 4-3 to earn its first winning Big Sky record in history and currently sits in fourth place in the league standings.


Eastern Washington vs. UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Barbara 5, Eastern Washington 2
April 13, 2007, at Pullman, Wash.

Doubles competition
1. Charlotte Scatliffe/Marta Simic (UCSB) def. Kasey Knox/Iliana Petrova (EWU), 8-6
2. Carina Bjornstrom/Asagi Onaga (UCSB) def. Marie Demerath/Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 8-2
3. Tova Hausman/Brittany Kausen (UCSB) def. Rachel Berger/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-7

Singles competition
1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Marta Simic (UCSB), 7-5, 7-5
2. Carina Bjornstrom (UCSB) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Asagi Onaga (UCSB) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
4. Tova Hausman (UCSB) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
5. Brittany Kausen (UCSB) def. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU), 6-4, 2-6, (10-6)
6. Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Kristen Wilson (UCSB), 6-2, 6-4

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

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