Eagle Tennis Squads Play Host to ISU on Saturday

Feb. 27, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will ride a three-match winning streak into its home opener, a Big Sky Conference match with Idaho State at 1 p.m. on Saturday (March 1). The Eagles will also play at Lewis-Clark State at 2 p.m. the next day.

The three-match streak is Eastern's longest since the Eagles ran off four straight from April 7-14, 2006.

Eastern Washington will be coming off a nine-day break from match competition for the ISU contest, having most recently defeated Gonzaga on the road by a 5-2 score on Feb. 20. A 4-3 win over UC Riverside and a 5-2 Big Sky Conference defeat of Portland State preceeded the victory over GU. The Eagles (3-5, 1-0 BSC) have rallied from a 0-5 start.

The Bengals have only played two contests so far and are 0-2 following a 5-2 loss to Weber State on Feb. 5 and a 6-1 setback to Utah State on Feb. 6.

Last year, the Eagles shut out Idaho State 7-0 in Pocatello on March 25, the team's first shutout win over an NCAA Division I opponent in six years.

Lewis-Clark State will enter this week with a 2-1 mark, having defeated Whitman and Whitworth by 8-1 scores and falling to Division I member Idaho in its season opener on 7-0.

"Every match is big," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "We are focusing on improving our game every weekend and getting more match experience under our belt. I expect great team efforts this weekend."

 

Where's the Match?

This time of the year, the Eagles are assured of playing each of their home matches indoors at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse, which is located directly to the south of Reese Court, the home for Eastern's volleyball and basketball teams. It is located on the bottom floor of the facility right behind the racquetball courts.

When the weather warms up, contests will take place at the outside Sports and Recreation Center tennis courts, located between the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse and the varsity soccer field. Rain or cold temperatures will cause spring matches to be moved indoors.

 

The Record Books Get Rewritten

Four Eagles are among the top seven on the Eastern Washington career singles wins chart. Kasey Knox is third with 28 victories, while Rachel Berger has 24, good for fourth. In fifth is Kerstyn Dolack (22), while Amanda Mankovits is in seventh (20) and Marie Demerath sits in eighth place with 17 wins.

 

Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008

The Eagles are taking on top competition in 2008, as five nationally-ranked squads are on the slate, including four straight right off the bat. In addition to already-played matches with No. 50 Washington State, No. 70 Washington, No. 42 Boise State and No. 67 Utah, Eastern Washington is scheduled to take on 49th-ranked Sacramento State in California's capital city on March 27. The Hornets have won 43 straight conference matches.

Also, three nationally-ranked singles players are scheduled to take on Eagles, as is one doubles squad. No. 91 Ekaterina Burduli of Washington State defeated Kasey Knox, 6-3, 6-2, on Jan. 19, while Bianca Jochimsen of Boise State (No. 81) defeated Sarah Leuenberger, 6-1, 6-3, on Feb. 9.

No. 63 Katrina Zheltova of Sacramento State is scheduled to take an Eagle opponent on March 27.

In doubles play, the 40th-ranked team of Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach of Boise State topped Knox and Amanda Mankovits, 8-2, on Feb. 9.

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The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team will ride its longest winning streak in 23 years into a home Big Sky Conference match versus Idaho State at 9 a.m. on Saturday (March 1).

The Eagles have won six straight contests to move to 6-2 on the season, a streak that has only been bested by Eastern once in the NCAA Division I era. The 1985 squad claimed eight consecutive contests from March 2 - April 12 of that year.

"The six-match winning streak is an accomplishment, but our goal is to focus on winning one match at a time," interim head coach Darren Haworth said.

Eastern is off to a 1-0 start in league play after dramatically rallying from a 3-0 deficit on the road against Montana State on Friday (Feb. 22) for a 4-3 defeat of the Bobcats. The Eagles followed that match up with 7-0 and 6-0 whitewashings of Lewis-Clark State and Montana State-Billings, respectively.

Idaho State is off to a 1-7 start to its 2008 campaign, 1-1 in Big Sky contests. The Bengals actually started their schedule with league matches, falling to Weber State 6-1 and defeating Portland State 5-2 on Feb. 12 and 16, respectively.

Last year, the Eagles shut out Idaho State 7-0 in Pocatello on March 25.

"Every conference match is big, and every team is better than they were last year," Haworth said. "We expect it to be a close match Saturday, and we have got to come out and play strong in both singles and doubles."

This Saturday's contest starts a three-match homestand for the Eagles. Idaho and Northern Colorado pay visits to Cheney on March 5 and 8, respectively.

 

Mam One Win From School Record

With a dramatic comeback 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win on Sunday (Feb. 24) in Eastern's 6-0 defeat of Montana State-Billings, Pannhara Mam tied the school record for career victories in spring matches. With 33, he shares that spot with Jason Chapman (1992-95).

Right on their heels is Art Karas, who used a 6-0, 6-1 win on Sunday to move to 32 wins. Patrick Millican is just three behind the record with 30, while Kyle Schraeder has tallied 28 career victories.

Incredibly, of the top five spots on the career wins chart in school history, four slots are taken by current Eagles.

In doubles play, Mam and Schraeder have teamed up for 20 wins to take over the top spot in the career chart in that category. Jonathan Davis and Millican are in the second spot on that chart with 16 victories.

 

Where's the Match?

This time of the year, the Eagles are assured of playing each of their home matches indoors at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse, which is located directly to the south of Reese Court, the home for Eastern's volleyball and basketball teams. It is located on the bottom floor of the facility right behind the racquetball courts.

When the weather warms up, contests will take place at the outside Sports and Recreation Center tennis courts, located between the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse and the varsity soccer field. Rain or cold temperatures cause spring matches to be moved indoors.

 

Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008

The Eagles are taking on top-notch competition this year, playing five matches versus top-75 opponents.

After playing No. 68 BYU in a 4-3 road loss on Jan. 19, the Eagles are set to play No. 27 Washington and No. 53 Fresno State on March 14 and 26, respectively.

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