March 25, 2007

Eastern Washington Clinches Best Big Sky Season in School History

March 25, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team wrapped up the first section of its six-match, five-state 3,229-mile road trip with its third win in a three-day span. The Eagles beat host Idaho State convincingly, 7-0, on Sunday afternoon (March 25).

The win clinches for the Eagles its first winning Big Sky Conference record in school history, as EWU is now 4-2 with one match to play. The previous best mark was set in 2006 at 3-3. Eastern Washington is now 8-6 overall, which ties for its second-highest win total since the 1985 team went 13-10. The 2006 Eagle squad went 10-8, while the 1992 and 1988 squads hit the eight-win mark, as well, with 8-17 and 8-9 seasons, respectively.

The Eagles quickly earned the doubles point today with convincing 8-2 wins on the second and third courts. Winning at No. 2 were Keithan Gregg and Nico Riego de Dios over David Kutchins and Ben Lockie, while EWU's No. 3 team of Jonathan Davis and Patrick Millican topped Jeremy Atkin and Jordan Leask for its eighth win in nine contests.

Each of the singles wins came in dominating fashion with no Eagle allowing more than four games. The most commanding victory came courtesy of Art Karas, as the sophomore threw a pair of shutouts, 6-0, 6-0, over Kutchins. His win on the sixth court was the first double-love win of the season for any Eagle. Karas has now won 9-of-11 contests.

Earning a 6-4, 6-0 win over Horovits at court one was Mam, his seventh in a row, while Schraeder prevailed on the second court, 6-1, 6-0, over Ruwo for his third straight victory. The third court saw Gregg outscore Atkin, 6-0, 6-3, to snap a five-match losing streak while Millican defeated Lockie, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4. Daniel Pez earned a convincing 6-1, 6-2 victory over Leask.

The Eagles continue their road trip with the team's final Big Sky match of the season versus Northern Arizona (6-11, 3-1 BSC). First serve will take place at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday (March 27). The Eagles are currently in fourth place, while the Lumberjacks reside in the third slot. Leading the conference race is Sacramento State (6-0), who can wrap up the regular-season title with a win over second-place Montana (2-0) on Monday (March 26).

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Eastern Washington at Idaho State
Eastern Washington 7, Idaho State 0
March 25, 2007, in Pocatello, Idaho

Doubles competition
1. Masimba Ruwo/Gal Horovits (ISU) def. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 8-7
2. Keithan Gregg/Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Ben Lockie/David Kutchins (ISU), 8-2
3. Jonathan Davis/Patrick Millican (EWU) def. Jeremy Atkin/Jordan Leask (ISU), 8-2 

Singles competition
1. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Gal Horovits (ISU), 6-4, 6-0
2. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Masimba Ruwo (ISU), 6-1, 6-0
3. Keithan Gregg (EWU) def. Jeremy Atkin (ISU), 6-0, 6-3
4. Patrick Millican (EWU) def. Ben Lockie (ISU), 6-1, 6-2
5. Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Jordan Leask (ISU), 6-1, 6-2
6. Art Karas (EWU) def. David Kutchins (ISU), 6-0, 6-0

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

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