Art Karas
Art Karas
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
High School: Westview HS '05
Experience: 3L

2008: After an outstanding season, Karas attained All-Big Sky Conference honorable mention accolades. On April 21, he was named the Big Sky Player of the Week after helping the Eagles to 6-1 conference wins over Weber State and Montana. In those two matches, he contributed a pair of straight-set singles wins and teamed with Nico Riego de Dios for a pair of doubles victories. Karas also was successful in the classroom, as he earned Big Sky All-Academic honors. His 18 singles wins set a school record. Karas also teamed with Riego de Dios for 15 victories, tied for the most by an Eagle duo in a single season and third-best in a career. Karas enters 2009 with 43 career singles wins and currently holds the school record in that category. His 43rd was one of the most dramatic ever crafted by an Eagle, as he put the finishing touches on an incredible comeback from 3-0 down in a Big Sky semifinal match with Montana State. After Eastern tied the score 3-3, he finished off a singles contest that literally could not have been any closer, prevailing by 6-7, 7-6, 7-6 scores.

2007: Karas came within one of the then-school record for singles victories in a spring season with 14. He also earned Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors. Karas teamed with Keithan Gregg for an 8-7 win in EWU's 5-2 win over three-time defending Big Sky champion Montana State. His most convincing victory of the season came by 6-0, 6-0 scores in a 7-0 defeat of Idaho State, the only double-love win by an Eagle in 2007. He showed his impressive regular-season form was no fluke, as he claimed his first postseason contest, 6-0, 6-1, in EWU's 4-0 sweep of Weber State.

2006: Karas defeated Idaho's Uriah Jones at No. 6 singles, 6-0, 6-2, in Eastern Washington's first win over the Vandals in 22 meetings. He served as the bright spot in a disappointing 4-1 loss to Idaho State in the Big Sky quarterfinals, as he earned Eastern's lone point with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Alan Mohadeb.

Personal: Karas was born April 11, 1987, in Portland, Ore. He is the son of Joseph and Janice Karas and is majoring in accounting.

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