May 2, 2007
Kasey Knox and Kerstyn Dolack of the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team earned recognition by the Big Sky Conference on Wednesday (May 2), as Knox earned First Team honors and Dolack received Honorable Mention accolades. Knox became the first Eagle to ever be named to the First Team since the Big Sky Conference started sponsoring women's tennis in 1988.
"Kasey and Kerstyn are certainly the two hardest-working women in our program," head coach Patrick Dreves said. "From the very first day these two stepped on campus, I knew they would be special players; they lead by example on a daily basis."
The Eagles have now seen a pair of players honored by the Big Sky office for two consecutive seasons. Previously, Eastern Washington had two players earn accolades in the same season only twice - in 2000 and 1999. Last season, Knox was named to the second team and Rachel Berger earned honorable mention accolades. Knox was named to the honorable mention list the year before as a freshman.
The two juniors helped lead the Eagles to a 4-3 Big Sky record, their first winning league mark in school history. Eastern also went 8-15 overall to hit the eight-win mark since the 1993 team went 10-8. Even more incredibly, the pair helped lead the Eagles to the same number of wins this year as the previous five Eagle squads combined had attained (8-70, 4-32 BSC).
Knox finished her spring campaign with 14 wins to break the previous school record of 12 (dating to 1991), which had been shared by five different players. Even more impressively, all 14 of those victories came in the No. 1 position. She went 14-9 in the spring, 17-11 overall in 2006-07. In doubles play, Knox earned a combined 11-11 mark in the spring with three different partners and went 12-12, when fall play is included.
Dolack played most of her spring matches high in the Eagles lineup, with eight matches taking place in the No. 2 position and 15 in the third. Her nine wins ties for 12th-highest total all-time in Eagle annals. She saw most of her success in doubles, as she teamed with Knox in the No. 1 position to go 4-3. Overall, she went 11-11 in doubles play in the spring, 12-13 including fall action.