March 23, 2007

Eastern Washington moves to 3-2 in Big Sky Play with Dramatic 4-3 Road Win

March 23, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team outlasted host Weber State, 4-3, in a Big Sky Conference match played on Friday morning (March 23). With the victory, Eastern tied a school record for conference wins in a season (the 2006 squad went 3-3).

"It was a great win for us to go and beat them on their home court," assistant coach Darren Haworth said. "It was a really spirited atmosphere; there were a lot of people watching the match."

The Eagles (6-6) are in the midst of a dramatic turnaround of their program, as evidenced by the fact that the 2006 and 2007 squads have gone a combined 6-5 in league contests, 16-14 overall, while the previous nine teams recorded a combined 4-53 Big Sky mark and a 19-111 overall record.

In fact, the six overall wins earned by this year's team are the second-highest total earned by an Eagle squad since the 1996 team went 7-15 (last year, the Eagles were 10-8).

The road warriors are now 2-0 on the season in Big Sky road contests.

The Eagles dropped the doubles point, but stormed back to win 4-of-6 singles matches to earn the victory, their first of the season after losing the doubles tally.

"It was tough to adjust to the altitude change, so we got off to slow start, but were able to work our way back into the match," Haworth said.

The victory rested with the result of the No. 1 singles contest, which saw Pannhara Mam battle Fabio Mancarella to a third set before pulling away in dramatic fashion for a 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 win. He has now won five straight contests and 8-of-10. Overall in 2006-07, Mam is 14-5, 8-4 in the spring (6-4 at No. 1, 2-0 in the second slot).

"I am glad it came down to the player it came down to because he has been a clutch player for us. I was confident that he would get the job done," Haworth said.

In doubles action, Eastern's No. 3 team of Jonathan Davis and Patrick Millican gutted out an 8-6 win over Quinn Allred and Cole Patterson for their sixth win in seven contests. The Eagle No. 1 duo of Mam and Kyle Schraeder saw their three-match winning streak end today in an 8-5 loss to Travis Covington and Mario Schnabl, but the duo has still won 8-of-10 contests, all at the No. 1 position.

Eagles to earn singles wins (in addition to Mam) were Schraeder at 2, Art Karas at 5 and Daniel Pez at 6. Schraeder, Karas and Pez all won in straight sets, as Schraeder claimed a 6-2, 6-4 win over Schnabl, while Karas and Pez each earned 6-3, 6-2 victories. Karas' came over Chris Williams, while Pez outscored Cole Patterson.

The Eagles will continue its 3,229-mile Spring Break road trip on Saturday (March 24) with a non-conference match versus the Utah State Aggies (4-4). The match will begin at 2 p.m. PT.

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Eastern Washington at Weber State
Eastern Washington 4, Weber State 3
March 23, 2007, in Ogden, Utah

Singles competition
1. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Fabio Mancarella (WSU) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
2. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Mario Schnabl (WSU) 6-2, 6-4
3. Travis Covington (WSU) def. Keithan Gregg (EWU) 6-4, 6-3
4. Dave Hintze (WSU) def. Patrick Millican (EWU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Art Karas (EWU) def. Chris Williams (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Cole Paterson (WSU) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Travis Covington/Mario Schnabl (WSU) def. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) 8-5
2. Fabio Mancarella/Dave Hintze (WSU) def. Nico Riego de Dios/Keithan Gregg (EWU) 8-3
3. Patrick Millican/Jonathan Davis (EWU) def. Quinn Allred/Cole Paterson (WSU) 8-6

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

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