March 28, 2007

Eastern Moves to 5-0 on Road Trip

March 28, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team won its fifth straight match and is 5-0 on its 3,229-mile road trip with one match to play. The Eagles topped Scottsdale CC on Wednesday morning (March 28), 4-3. The victory also earned Eastern its 10th win of the season, marking the second straight season the Eagles (10-6) have done so and the second time since the 1985 squad went 13-10.

Scottsdale CC placed 12th in last year's NJCAA Division I Men's Tennis National Championship.

The match came down to Jonathan Davis, a player who was playing his first competitive singles match since Nov. 11. With the team score tied, 3-3, he earned a victory in the only three-set match of the day, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, defeating Ross DeChant on the sixth court.

For the second straight contest and the third time on this road trip, the Eagles rallied from losing the doubles point for a victory. Eastern had entered the trip with a 0-6 mark when entering singles play with that predicament, but have now won three straight in that situation. Today the Eagles actually rallied all the way from 3-1 down for their victory.

Eastern's No. 1 doubles team of Pannhara Mam and Daniel Pez, playing together for the first time this season, earned an 8-3 win over Daniel Ludi and Tomas Rizk to tie the doubles contests, 1-1, but SCC's Adam Perez and Alex Weiland outlasted Keithan Gregg and Kyle Schraeder in the second position, 9-7, to take the doubles tally. That was Gregg and Schraeder's first match played together in 2006-07, as well.

Pez kept his strong play going in singles, as the sophomore moved his personal winning streak to three with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 victory at No. 4. That result cut SCC's advantage to 2-1, but the Artichokes would extend it to 3-1 before Eastern started to enact its impressive rally.

The first to finish of the final trio was Nico Riego de Dios, who earned his first collegiate win by 6-3, 6-3 scores over Perez on the fifth court. Tying the contest was Pannhara Mam, who won his ninth straight match by defeating Rizk on the second court, 6-2, 6-2. That set the stage for Davis' dramatic victory.

The Eagles have incredibly gone 20-14 the last two seasons after recording a 6-52 mark the previous four campaigns.

Eastern wraps up its road trip on Friday (March 30) with a 12:30 p.m. PT contest with New Mexico State. The Aggies will be playing their final home match of the season versus the Eagles. They will enter the day with a 5-8 mark, 2-1 in WAC competition, and will take on Western New Mexico, an NCAA Division II institution, that morning.

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Eastern Washington at Scottsdale CC
Eastern Washington 4, Scottsdale CC 3
March 28, 2007, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Doubles competition
1. Pannhara Mam/Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Daniel Ludi/Tomas Rizk (SCC), 8-3
2. Adam Perez/Alex Weiland (SCC) def. Keithan Gregg/Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 9-7
3. Ross DeChant/Craig Kessler (SCC) def. Jonathan Davis/Patrick Millican (EWU), 8-4

Singles competition
1. Daniel Ludi (SCC) def. Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 6-3, 6-2
2. Pannhara Mam (EWU) def. Tomas Rizk (SCC), 6-2, 6-2
3. Alex Weiland (SCC) def. Keithan Gregg (EWU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Daniel Pez (EWU) def. Justin Miller (SCC), 6-1, 6-1
5. Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Adam Perez (SCC), 6-3, 6-3
6. Jonathan Davis (EWU) def. Ross DeChant (SCC), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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

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