March 29, 2007
Eastern Washington University women's tennis player Marie Demerath earned Co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors for her performances over the weekend, helping lead the Eagles to 4-3 wins over Weber State and a 7-0 whitewashing of Idaho State. She became the second Eagle this season to be so named after Kerstyn Dolack did so the last week of January.
After starting the weekend's play on a sour note, losing in doubles play (with Amanda Mankovits) in Eastern's match with Weber State on Friday (March 23), she responded in impressive fashion by not tasting a loss the rest of the weekend.
Demerath helped rally Eastern Washington to its first win of the season when losing the doubles point against the Wildcats. Her 6-2, 6-4 victory was the second singles contest to finish and earned EWU a 2-1 advantage at that point on its way to a 4-3 win.
The next day against Utah State, she and Mankovits, with the doubles point riding on their result, dramatically pulled through with a 9-8 victory. In singles, she rallied from a first-set loss for the first time this season for a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 victory to tie the team score, 3-3 (EWU won shortly thereafter, 4-3).
Then on Sunday against Idaho State, she helped lead the Eagles to their first 7-0 victory over an NCAA Division I opponent in six years with singles and doubles wins.
The team victories clinched for Eastern its first winning conference season in school history. Incredibly, EWU won as many league contests this season (4-3) as it had in the previous five years combined (4-33). Overall, EWU is 6-10 and has the second-most number of victories for an Eastern squad since the 1996 team went 7-15 (last year's team went 7-13).
Sharing the Co-Big Sky Player of the Week honors was Sacramento State's Joyce Martinez Gutierrez.
The Eagles return to action at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday (March 31) versus UTEP (8-7).