Schraeder Named Big Sky Player of the Week

Jan. 27, 2009

Kyle Schraeder, a senior with the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team, was honored as the Big Sky Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday (Jan. 27). The award is for matches played since the start of the season, as league schools have played a varying amount of matches since EWU opened its schedule on Jan. 10.

Schraeder has gone 4-3 in singles so far in 2009, 4-2 at the No. 1 position, 0-1 in No. 2 matches. In doubles, he has teamed with Nico Riego de Dios for a 5-2 record, all at No. 1. The most impressive win for the duo came on Friday (Jan. 23) when they defeated No. 47 Denver's top doubles team by a 9-8 score.

The award is Schraeder's second. He first won it on Feb. 28, 2007, after leading the Eagles to a 5-2 defeat of three-time defending Big Sky champion Montana State, snapping Eastern's 27-match losing streak to the Bobcats.

The Sumner, Wash., native has helped lead the Eagles to a 4-3 record, impressive considering the three losses came on the road to nationally-ranked opponents. In fact, all seven matches played so far by EWU have been in away venues. Eastern is 1-0 in Big Sky matches after defeating Northern Colorado 7-0 on Sunday (Jan. 25).

After a very busy start to its season (seven matches in 17 days), the Eagles are now in the midst of a well-deserved 23-day break from competition. Next up for Eastern is a short trip to Spokane, Wash., and a match with Gonzaga on Feb. 18.

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