Eagles Top Montana, Clinch Bye into Big Sky Semis

April 20, 2008

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team finished off its incredible 2008 regular season with a 6-1 road victory over Montana on Sunday morning (April 20). The victory clinched for Eastern sole possession of second place in the Big Sky Conference standings and the second seed at the Big Sky Championship.

The victory moved Eastern Washington's overall record to 16-6 and its league is now complete at 7-1. The Eagles have already set school records this year (in the NCAA Division I era) for overall wins, Big Sky wins and winning percentage. The Eagles will enter the Big Sky Tournament riding a six-match winning streak.

In today's contest, the Eagles grabbed 2-of-3 doubles matches to go up 1-0. In singles play, both Art Karas and Daniel Pez claimed straight-set wins. Pez has gone an incredible 13-1 this season in singles matches. Meanwhile, Kyle Schraeder and Pannhara Mam gutted out three-set victories today.

The Eagles, by virtue of being the No. 2 seed, have earned an automatic bye into the semifinal round of the Big Sky Tournament and will play either third-seeded Weber State, No. 4 Montana State or fifth-seeded Northern Arizona at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 26). Sacramento State is hosting the Championship at Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, Calif.

Eastern Washington vs Montana
4/20/08 at Missoula, Mont.
Eastern Washington 6, Montana 1

Singles competition
1. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Mikolaj Borkowski (UM) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
2. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Colin Dektar (UM) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Nico Riego De Dios (EWU) def. Felipe Raw (UM) 4-1, retired
4. Raydner Ramos (UM) def. Kenneth Norling (EWU) 6-1, 6-4
5. Art Karas (EWU) def. David Cysneiros (UM) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Alexandre Gorj (UM) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Colin Dektar/Mikolaj Borkowski (UM) 8-2
2. Felipe Raw/Raydner Ramos (UM) def. Patrick Millican/Jonathan Davis (EWU) 8-2
3. Nico Riego de Dios/Art Karas (EWU) def. David Cysneiros/Alexandre Gorj (UM) 8-3

Match Notes:
Eastern Washington 16-6, 7-1 BSC
Montana 7-8, 3-5 BSC

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The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday (April 19), defeating Lewis-Clark State 6-1 in the morning before falling to Idaho by the same score in the evening. Both matches took place in Lewiston, Idaho.

The Eagles (9-13) have now won nine matches this year, their most in 15 years. Since Eastern Washington joined the NCAA Division I ranks in 1984, the Eagles have only won more than nine matches on four occasions, in 1993 (10-8), 1989 (11-13), 1988 (11-14) and 1984 (16-8).

Three Eagles won a pair of doubles matches on the day: Kasey Knox, Rachel Berger and Kerstyn Dolack.

In singles, Knox, Dolack, Marie Demerath, Berger and Judy Liening were victorious against their respective Lewis-Clark State opponents.

The Eagles (4-4 Big Sky Conference) now sets its sights on the Big Sky Conference Championship. First up for the fifth-seeded Eagles will be No. 4 Montana (8-11, 5-3 BSC) at 10 a.m. on Friday (April 25). The Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, Calif., is hosting the Championship.

Eastern Washington vs Lewis-Clark State
4/19/08 at Lewiston, Idaho
Eastern Washington 6, Lewis-Clark State 1

Singles competition
1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Jamie Chan (LCSC) 6-1, 6-2
2. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Kaylan Crane (LCSC) 6-2, 6-2
3. Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Alyson Peck (LCSC) 6-4, 6-3
4. Megan Smedley (LCSC) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU) 7-5, retired
5. Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Mei Fong (LCSC) 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4)
6. Judy Liening (EWU) def. Elaine Lee (LCSC) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU) def. Jamie Chan/Mei Fong (LCSC) 8-3
2. Sarah Leuenberger/Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Megan Smedley/Alyson Peck (LCSC) 8-3
3. Kerstyn Dolack/Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Chelsea Gay/Kaylan Crane (LCSC) 8-3

Match Notes:
Eastern Washington 9-12
Lewis-Clark State 8-9

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Eastern Washington vs Idaho
4/19/08 at Lewiston, Idaho
Idaho 6, Eastern Washington 1

Singles competition
1. Silvia Irimescu (UI) def. Kasey Knox (EWU) 6-2, 7-5
2. Barbara Maciocha (UI) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Yvette Ly (UI) def. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 6-1, 6-0
4. Alexandra Ulesanu (UI) def. Marie Demerath (EWU) 7-6, 6-4
5. Natalie Kirch (UI) def. Rachel Berger (EWU) 7-5, 6-4
6. Jana Siwa (UI) def. Heather Handwerk (EWU) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Kasey Knox/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Laura Leoni/Silvia Irimescu (UI) 8-3
2. Yvette Ly/Alexandra Ulesanu (UI) def. Marie Demerath/Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 8-6
3. Rachel Berger/Judy Liening (EWU) def. Natalie Kirch/Barbara Maciocha (UI) 9-7

Match Notes:
Eastern Washington 9-13
Idaho 16-9

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