Sept. 30, 2007
Eastern Washington University women's tennis player Kasey Knox came within a whisker of forcing a third and deciding set in the singles final of the EWU/Gonzaga Classic before falling to Gonzaga's Emily Anderson 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).
In the semifinals, also played on Sunday (Sept. 30) on the EWU campus, Knox outlasted Bulldog Aglaya Kokurina in dramatic fashion, 6-3, 7-6 (10-8). She was down 6-5 in the second set before securing a 6-6 tie with four straight points. In the tiebreaker, the first two-point advantage for each player was in Knox's favor at 6-4. After Kokurina tied it 6-6, the competitors traded points until the Eagle junior secured the final two points to move to the final.
In the final, Knox was up on Anderson in the second set 6-5 (40-15) before her opponent stormed back with four straight points to tie the set and force a tiebreaker. The Bulldog also rallied there, coming from 4-2 down to secure the final five tallies of the match.
In the consolation bracket, Marie Demerath won two matches in resounding fashion to claim that title. In her contests, she defeated Idaho's Kayla Dantzler 6-1, 6-3 and Natalie Kirch, also from Idaho, 6-4, 6-2.
"We had great success this weekend with Kasey reaching the finals, Marie winning the consolation and Kerstyn Dolack and Rachel Berger reaching the quarterfinals," assistant coach Bryce Cooper said. "Amanda Mankovits played a tough three setter against the No. 1 player from Gonzaga, while Iliana Petrova, Judy Liening and Elaine Aragones all played exceptional tennis.
"Along with this, we dominated in doubles with two teams reaching the championship. We hope to continue this success into the upcoming tournaments and throughout the spring season. We have a very good team, and I have high hopes for this year."
The Eagles next return to action at the Montana Invitational in Missoula from Oct. 12-14.