Feb. 1, 2008
After a pair of challenging road matches to start its schedule, the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team (0-2) will play its first two home matches of the 2008 season on Saturday (Feb. 2).
The Eagles will play host to Nevada, which fell to No. 39 California in its only match played so far this season, at 11 a.m. The Wolf Pack will take on Gonzaga in Spokane the day before facing the Eagles.
"Nevada is going to be a good match for us," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "Laurent Garcent made it to the ITA West Regional Round of 16 in the fall, and he is a really good player - that is going to be a good match-up at 1.
"They are really good throughout their lineup, and this match is going to be another good gauge for us as we prepare for a Big Sky Conference match against Montana State (on Feb. 22)."
Whitman is off to a 0-2 start after dropping a tight 4-3 road decision to Lewis-Clark State before falling to Idaho 7-0. The Missionaries will play Eastern at 5 p.m.
"Whitman is a very talented (NCAA) Division III school," Haworth said. "They have some really talented players on their team who are capable of playing Division I tennis. We're expecting a good match throughout doubles and singles play."
Eastern Washington began its season with an impressive, albeit not satisfying, 4-3 loss on the road to 66th-ranked BYU. That was followed by a 6-1 defeat to Oregon in Eugene.
Against the nationally-ranked Cougars, the Eagles earned the doubles point after Art Karas and Nico Riego de Dios clinched it with a clutch 9-8 (11-9) victory on court two. Singles play saw a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 by Kenneth Norling pull the Eagles to within one at 3-2.
Pannhara Mam had a great showing in the loss to Oregon, as he earned a 7-5, 4-6, (10-8) win at No. 1 singles and a tight 9-8 loss at No. 1 doubles (with Kyle Schraeder). Jonathan Davis and Patrick Millican picked up a victory on court three during doubles play, 9-8.
All Over the Career Records Charts
Of the nine players in Eagle men's tennis history to earn 20 singles wins (dating to 1989), four of them are on the 2008 squad.
Pannhara Mam is in the second spot on the charts, as he has earned 28 wins in his career. Patrick Millican is just behind him with 26. Art Karas is in fifth with 25 victories, while Kyle Schraeder has tallied 21 wins, good for the eighth slot.
In doubles play, Mam and Schraeder each won 15 matches last year to take over the top spot in the career chart in that category. Jonathan Davis and Millican are in third on that chart with 13 victories.
Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008
The Eagles are taking on top-notch competition this year, playing three top-75 opponents.
After playing No. 68 BYU in a 4-3 road loss on Jan. 19, the Eagles are set to play No. 37 Washington and No. 69 Fresno State on March 14 and 26, respectively. The lone nationally-ranked singles player scheduled to take on an Eagle is No. 92 Rudolf Siwy of Fresno State.