Eagle Women Beat LCSC, Men Outlast Utah State

Jan. 17, 2009

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team got back on the winning track on Saturday morning (Jan. 17) with a 5-2 road win over Utah State. The Eagles improved to 2-2 with the win, while the Aggies fell to 0-2 on the young campaign.

Eastern clinched the doubles point when its No. 3 team of Daniel Pez and Kevin Anderson outlasted Mike Banks and Jordan Barlow, 9-8. Kyle Schraeder and Nico Riego de Dios were also victorious, 8-6, on court one.

The Eagles then quickly secured the team win with singles victories in the first three matches to finish, taking an insurmountable  4-0 lead. Art Karas responded to losing his first set 6-0 to storm back for a 0-6, 6-2, 6-0 win on court three. Riego de Dios claimed the court two contest, 7-5, 6-2, before Schraeder sealed the team win with a dramatic 7-6, 7-6 victory at No. 1.

Also earning a singles win today was Kenneth Norling, who was victorious, 6-4, 6-4, in the fifth position.

The Eagles continue their busy stretch of six matches the first 16 days of the season on Friday (Jan. 23) with their third match versus a ranked opponent. Eastern will head on the road once again to face No. 47 Denver at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

The Pioneers, who advanced to the NCAA Championship last year and finished that campaign 17-8, open their 2009 season versus the Eagles. In fact, Eastern will open five of its opponents' schedules - Denver is the fourth of that group.

Eastern Washington vs Utah State
Jan 17, 2009 at Logan, Utah
Eastern Washington 5, Utah State 2

Singles competition

1. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. ASPLUND, Jakob (USU) 7-6, 7-6
2. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. MAHARAJ, Amit (USU) 7-5, 6-2
3. Karas, Art (EWU-M) def. MARCHANT, Bryan (USU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. BANKS, Mike (USU) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Norling, Kenneth (EWU-M) def. THATCHER, Alex (USU) 6-4, 6-4
6. BARLOW, Jordan (USU) def. Anderson, Kevin (EWU-M) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. SCHRAEDER, Kyle/RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico (EWU-M) def. ASPLUND, Jakob/MARCHANT, Bryan (USU) 8-6
2. THATCHER, Alex/MAHARAJ, Amit (USU) def. KARAS, Art/NORLING, Kenneth (EWU-M) 8-5
3. PEZ, Daniel/ANDERSON, Kevin (EWU-M) def. BANKS, Mike/BARLOW, Jordan (USU) 9-8

Eastern Washington 2-2
Utah State 0-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,2,1,4,5,6)

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The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team earned its first victory of the 2009 season, 5-2, on the road versus Lewis-Clark State. The Saturday morning (Jan. 17) victory improved Eastern's record to 1-1, while the Warriors fell to 0-1 after they dropped their season-opening contest.

Eastern grabbed wins in all three doubles contests. Kelsey Knight and Amanda Mankovits were victories on court one, 8-2, Marie Demerath and Caitlin Bampton claimed a 9-7 win on the next court over, and Rachel Berger and Judy Liening won 8-3 at No. 3.

The Eagles quickly took a 3-0 lead with wins courtesy of Knight, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4 and Mankovits, 6-2, 6-4, on the first court. Then, following a LCSC victory at court two, Berger clinched the team victory with an exciting 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in the third position. Bampton also picked up a singles victory, as she won in convincing style, 6-0, 6-1, at court five.

Eastern is back in action on Jan. 30 at Seattle University in a noon contest. That will be the first home match since 2002 for the Redhawks.

Eastern Washington vs Lewis-Clark State
Jan 17, 2009 at Lewiston, Idaho
Eastern Washington 5, Lewis-Clark State 2

Singles competition

1. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) def. CHAN, Jamie (LCSC) 6-2, 6-4
2. BAISHAKHI, Shefat (LCSC) def. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) 6-3, 7-5
3. Berger, Rachel (EWU-W) def. MARSELA, Katharina (LCSC) 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
4. Knight, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. PECK, Alyson (LCSC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. MOORHEAD, Rilee (LCSC) 6-0, 6-1
6. Smedley, Megan (LCSC) def. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles competition

1. KNIGHT, Kelsey/MANKOVITS, Amanda (EWU-W) def. CHAN, Jamie/BAISHAKHI, Shefat (LCSC) 8-2
2. DEMERATH, Marie/BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. SMEDLEY, Megan/MOORHEAD, Rilee (LCSC) 9-7
3. BERGER, Rachel/LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) def. GAY, Chelsea/PECK, Alyson (LCSC) 8-3

Eastern Washington 1-1
Lewis-Clark State 0-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,1,2,3,5,6)

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