Eastern Washington Drops Match to Sacramento State

Feb. 10, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team saw its three-match winning streak snapped at the hands of the Sacramento State Hornets on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 10), as the Eagles (3-3, 1-1 Big Sky Conference) dropped a 6-1 decision to the defending co-regular season champion Hornets (1-1, 1-0 BSC).

 

Eastern's No. 1 doubles team won its match and the doubles point came down to the wire, but Sacramento State was able to outlast the Eagles to earn it and then proceeded win the first four singles matches to finish to clinch its win.

 

At the time that the other two doubles matches were completed (with each team winning one), Keithan Gregg and Art Karas were tied at 5-5 with Xavier Barajas-Smith and Anton Stryhas. After the Sacramento State duo went up, 6-5, Gregg and Karas tied it once again, 6-6.

 

Down to double-match point in the next game at 40-15, the EWU tandem rallied to force deuce and, after fighting off another match point, won the next three rallies to tie the contest, 7-7. The winning point of that game came with a Karas liner down the left side. The Hornet duo, however, responded by winning 4-of-5 rallies the next two games to claim the contest, 9-7, and clinch the doubles point. The match marked the first of the season that Gregg and Karas have played as a doubles team.

 

Eastern's No. 1 doubles tandem of Pannhara Mam and Kyle Schraeder, who has played together every dual match of the season so far, was impressive in an 8-3 defeat of Gabriel Loredo and Hague Van Dillen. After EWU's No. 3 duo of Jonathan Davis and Daniel Pez were defeated by an identical 8-3 score by Warwick Foy and Ramon Perez, it set the stage for the dramatic No. 2 contest.

 

In singles play, Karas was able to earn Eastern's lone point of the day with a straight-sets 6-4, 6-2 win over Miguel Camino. The win was Karas' third in a row. Pez also had an impressive performance, as he fell to Foy in a supertiebreaker (in lieu of a third set, as the team result had been decided by this point). Scores of that match were 6-7 (2-7), 6-1, (10-1).

 

The Eagles now take two weeks off from competition before playing host to another conference contest, as the Montana State Bobcats pay a visit at 2 p.m. on Feb. 24. Montana State is currently 0-3 with three more matches to play between now and then, including its Big Sky-opening contest at Northern Colorado on Sunday (Feb. 11).

 

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Sacramento State at Eastern Washington

Sacramento State 6, Eastern Washington 1

Feb. 10, 2007, in Cheney, Wash.

 

Singles competition

1. Xavier Barajas-Smith (Sac) def. Pannhara Mam (EWU), 6-4, 6-3

2. Anton Stryhas (Sac) def. Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 6-2, 7-6 (5)

3. Gabriel Loredo (Sac) def. Keithan Gregg (EWU), 6-2, 6-2

4. Warwick Foy (Sac) def. Daniel Pez (EWU), 6-7 (2), 6-1, (10-1)

5. Art Karas (EWU) def. Miguel Camino (Sac), 6-4, 6-2

6. Hague Van Dillen (Sac) def. Brian Garfield (EWU), 6-4, 6-4

 

Doubles competition

1. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Gabriel Loredo/Hague Van Dillen (Sac), 8-3

2. Xavier Barajas-Smith/Anton Stryhas (Sac) def. Keithan Gregg/Art Karas (EWU), 9-7

3. Warwick Foy/Ramon Perez (Sac) def. Jonathan Davis/Daniel Pez (EWU), 8-3

 

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,1,2,4,6,5)

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