March 27, 2007
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team won its final Big Sky Conference match of the regular season with a 4-3 win over Northern Arizona on Tuesday morning (March 27). The Eagles finished the season 5-2 for its best league mark in school history after previously hitting their high-water mark at 3-3 in the 2006 campaign. Incredibly, Eastern Washington has doubled its Big Sky win total the last two years (8-5) from the previous nine seasons combined (4-53).
The win pushed the Eagles (9-6) past the Lumberjacks (6-12, 3-2 BSC) and into sole possession of second place in the Big Sky. The only team ahead of Eastern Washington is regular-season champion Sacramento State (11-3, 7-0 BSC). The Eagles are in prime position to earn the second seed to the Big Sky Tournament, but would need help, as three other teams have only one or two losses with significant portions of their respective Big Sky campaigns to play.
In the last two years, the Eagles have gone 19-14 overall to earn the same number of wins as the previous nine teams attained (19-111). In fact, last year's team was the first to earn a winning record (10-8) since the 1985 squad did so with a 13-10 mark.
After losing the first six times that the Eagles dropped the doubles point this year, EWU has now rallied its last two times that has occurred. After doing so in a dramatic 4-3 win over Weber State on Friday (March 23), the Eagles repeated the feat today with wins in 4-of-6 singles matches, including two which saw the respective Eagle players rally from losing their first set to win the next two.
The lone Eagles doubles team to earn a victory was EWU's No. 3 duo of Jonathan Davis and Patrick Millican. The two topped Bradley Bristow and Fernando Freitas, 8-4, for their fourth straight win. They have now won 9-of-10 contests.
The Eagles more than made up for their loss of the doubles point by claiming wins at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 singles. Kyle Schraeder won on the second court, 7-5, 6-3, over Michael Platzer for his fourth straight victory, while Keithan Gregg defeated Freitas in commanding fashion, 6-2, 6-0, to earn his second consecutive win.
The players to enact dramatic timely rallies were Pannhara Mam at 1 and Daniel Pez in the fourth position. Mam prevailed over Gareth Ducray, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, for his eighth straight win, while Pez outlated Jeff Morys, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4. He has now won two straight.
The Eagles continue their 3,229-mile road trip with an 11 a.m. contest versus Scottsdale CC in Phoenix on Wednesday (March 28). The trip will conclude with a 12:30 p.m. PT contest versus New Mexico State on Friday.
Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
Eastern Washington 4, Northern Arizona 3
March 27, 2007, in Flagstaff, Ariz.
1. Jeff Morys/ Michael Platzer (NAU) def. Pannhara Mam/ Kyle Schraeder (EWU): 9-7
2. Chris Arena/ Gareth Ducray (NAU) def. Keithan Gregg/ Nico Riego de Dios (EWU): 8-5
3. Jonathan Davis/ Patrick Millican (EWU) def. Bradley Bristow/ Fernando Freitas (NAU): 8-4
1. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Gareth Ducray (NAU): 3-6; 6-3; 6-4
2. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Michael Platzer (NAU): 7-5; 6-3
3. Keithan Gregg (EWU) def. Fernando Freitas (NAU): 6-2; 6-0
4. Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Jeff Morys (NAU): 5-7; 6-2; 6-4
5. Bradley Bristow (NAU) def. Patrick Millican (EWU): 6-4; 1-6; 6-0
6. Chris Arena (NAU) def. Art Karas (EWU): 6-7; 6-3 (10-1)
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,2,4,1,5,6)