November 9, 2006

Eastern Women's Tennis Ready For Top Competition

Nov. 9, 2006

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team will compete in Eugene, Ore., this weekend, taking part in the Duck Classic. Other squads playing in the tournament include Nevada, Oregon, Portland and Sacramento State. Matches will be contested at the Student Tennis Center and the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club. Teams participating include Boise State, Oregon, Portland, Santa Clara and Washington.

 

Flight one match-ups involving Eagles include: Kerstyn Dolack versus Portland's Lindsey Griffin, Rachel Berger versus Carmen Seremeta of Oregon, Kasey Knox against Santa Clara's Kim Daniel and Sayaka Yoshimoto against Audree Jenks. In flight two, Claudia Gonzales plays Oregon's Monica Hoz de Vila, Megan Smedleg faces Santa Clara's Lindsay McBride, Marie Demarath takes on Laura Baum of Boise State, Iliana Petrova plays Santa Clara's Myra Davoudi and Amanda Mankovits faces Christina Feyen of Portland.

 

Doubles action sees Gonzales and Yoshimoto take on Oregon's Anna Powaska and Simone Templeton in the first round, while Demarath and Mankovits play Santa Clara's duo of Kim Daniel and Myra Davoudi and Berger and Petrova will play Boise State's Baum and Jana Mackova in second round play. Smedleg will team up with Washington's Lauren Summers to face Santa Clara's McBride and Meghan Madden. The winner of that contest faces Dolack and Knox in the second round.

 

"Some of the best teams in the country will be playing, so certainly this will be a great benchmark for our program," head coach Patrick Dreves said. "The reason I chose to play this tournament is to show our kids where we need to be."

 

This competition will be the final one of the fall for the program and runs from Friday through Sunday. The spring schedule will start up in January and will culminate with the Big Sky Conference Championship, which will take place from April 26-28 in Sacramento, Calif.

 

"We have had good tournaments this fall," Dreves said. "(At the Red Lion Invitational in Cheney, Wash.) we were really successful on the women's side, with three players making the quarterfinals. That was a good result."

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