April 15, 2007

Eastern Wraps up Home Schedule with 5-2 Loss to Portland

April 15, 2007

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team said goodbye to the Eastern campus on Sunday morning (April 15), as the Eagles played their final home match of the season against Portland. The Pilots were able to come in and outlast Eastern Washington, 5-2.

Eastern's No. 2 doubles team of Pannhara Mam and Kyle Schraeder won its 12th match of the season to tie the school record for a doubles team, tying Ryan Moran and Shane Stiner's 1999 season. Today, they defeated UP's Alex Strom and Charlie Yemm, 8-3, to move to 12-6 in the spring season, 14-7 overall in 2006-07.

Portland (12-6), however, claimed the other two doubles matches to go into singles play with a 1-0 advantage. Although Art Karas earned his second straight win with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 defeat of Scott Kennel to cut Eastern's deficit to 2-1, the Pilots pulled away to an insurmountable 5-1 lead.

In the final match to finish, Nico Riego de Dios incredibly rallied from 9-5 down in the supertiebreaker for a 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, (12-10) victory. He would respond to four consecutive match points and five in total before securing the final three points for the dramatic victory. It was also his first win over a player from a four-year university, and the victory moved his season record to 2-4.

The Eagles (11-9) will play just once more in the Spokane area, taking on rival Gonzaga on the road at 3 p.m. on Tuesday (April 17). The two teams met in Cheney last Tuesday (April 10), and the Bulldogs (11-12) were able to secure a 5-2 victory over the Eagles, even though the teams split the 188 games up for grabs on that day, 94-94.

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Portland at Eastern Washington
Portland 5, Eastern Washington 2
April 15, 2007, in Cheney, Wash.

Doubles competition
1. Colby Jager/Filip Zivkovic (UP) def. Jonathan Davis/Patrick Millican (EWU), 8-2
2. Pannhara Mam/Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Alex Strom/Charlie Yemm (UP), 8-3
3. Joel Kincaid/Evan Schleining (UP) def. Kevin Erickson/Keithan Gregg (EWU), 8-4

Singles competition
1. Filip Zivkovic (UP) def. Pannhara Mam (EWU), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2. Alex Strom (UP) def. Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 6-3, 6-4
3. Joel Kincaid (UP) def. Daniel Pez (EWU), 6-3, 1-0 (ret.)
4. Colby Jager (UP) def. Patrick Millican (EWU), 7-6 (4), 6-2
5. Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Charlie Yemm (UP), 7-6 (4), 3-6, (12-10)
6. Art Karas (EWU) def. Scott Kennel (UP), 7-6 (4), 6-3

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

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