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The Eastern Washington Eagles will leave on Thursday (March 22) on an epic road trip, which will see the team fly from Spokane to Salt Lake City, drive to three different matches (including one in a different state), fly to Phoenix, drive to Flagstaff and back, fly to El Paso and drive up to Las Cruces, N.M., before driving back to El Paso and flying home. The total mileage will be 3,229 (2,460 flying plus 769 driving).

Got all that?

The first part of the trip begins this week with three matches in three days, two of those being important Big Sky Conference contests. The Eagles (5-6, 2-2 BSC) take on Weber State at 1 p.m. on Friday, Utah State in a non-conference contest at 2 p.m. the next day and Idaho State at 9 a.m. on Sunday. All times listed are Pacific.

The stretch of six matches over eight days will wrap up a busy March which sees the Eagles play 10 matches from March 10-30, a 21-day span. Eastern Washington played just three times in the previous 41 days. April will be hectic, as well, as Eastern will play six regular-season contests, while the Big Sky Tournament will take place from April 27-29 in Sacramento, Calif.

The Eagles are coming off successive 5-2 road losses last weekend to Oregon and Portland. Eastern was able to secure wins in the No. 1 doubles, No. 1 singles and No. 6 singles positions in both matches.

Mam has Perfect 4-0 Weekend Versus UO, UP

Pannhara Mam had an outstanding weekend for the Eagles on Eastern Washington's trip to Oregon and Portland, as he defeated both teams' top singles players along with their best doubles tandems (teaming up with Kyle Schraeder for those wins).

Against Oregon, he and Schraeder won, 8-5, while Mam won a clutch first set and pulled away in the second, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1. Versus Portland, Mam and Schraeder won, 8-3, while in singles, Mam rallied from a first-set loss for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

On the season, Mam is 13-5 in singles and 10-4 in doubles. He has won four straight and 7-of-9 in singles, while Mam and Schraeder have teamed up for three straight victories and wins in 8-of-9 contests. Every doubles contest has come in the No. 1 position, while all but two spring singles matches were in the first position (the other pair of contests were played at No. 2).

Looking at Weber State

Weber State has rallied from a 0-4 start by winning 4-of-5 contests after that, but will enter its contest with Eastern Washington on a two-match losing streak. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, both those contests were Big Sky Conference matches. Weber State will bring a 1-2 league mark into the contest. The Wildcats (5-7) earned a conference win over Northern Colorado, 6-1. Weber State did defeat Idaho State in a non-conference match-up, 6-1.

Looking at Utah State

Utah State will bring a 4-4 mark into its match with Eastern Washington. The Aggies have played three Big Sky Conference schools, losing to Weber State, 4-3, beating Idaho State, 7-0, and falling to Montana State, 6-1.

Looking at Idaho State

Idaho State is currently 1-8 on the season, 0-3 in Big Sky Conference contests. The Bengals lost to Northern Colorado, 4-3, Northern Arizona, 7-0, and Sacramento State, 6-1, and will not play again until facing the Eagles on Sunday. In non-conference action, the Bengals lost to Weber State, 6-1.

History Made

The Eagles won a match on Feb. 24 which reverberated across the Big Sky Conference and Northwest tennis world, as Eastern Washington toppled three-time defending Big Sky champion Montana State, 5-2. The win ended a 27-match winless streak against the Bobcats dating to an 8-1 win in 1979. In fact, the five team points scored in that lone contest matched the total earned by Eastern in its last 20 meetings combined with Montana State (EWU was outscored, 129-5, in those contests).

The Eagles set the tone with convincing 8-2 wins in the first two doubles matches to finish play and were able to sweep all three doubles contests. The victory was secured when Patrick Millican attained Eastern's fourth team point with a straight-sets 6-3, 7-5 win over Igor Vuckovic on the fifth court.

Turning a Program Around

The Eagles are in the midst of a dramatic turnaround of its program. The Eagles went 10-8 last year to record its first winning mark since the 1985 squad went 13-10. In fact, EWU has won more matches in the 2006 and 2007 seasons (15-14) than it accumulated in the previous five years combined (10-60). To put it further into perspective, the Eagles have won five matches in an entire season just two times in the past 10 campaigns, including last season.

At 2-2, Eastern Washington has already tied for the second-most Big Sky Conference wins in school history. The Eagles went 2-4 in 2000 and a school-record 3-3 last year. Even more amazing is that the 2006 and 2007 teams have gone a combined 5-5 in Big Sky play, while the previous nine teams were a combined 4-53 in league contests.

Big Sky POW Honors for Schraeder

Kyle Schraeder had a big hand in Eastern Washington's historic 5-2 win over Montana State on Feb. 24, as he dominated opponents in both singles and doubles matches.

Teaming with Pannhara Mam in No. 1 doubles, the pair defeated Montana State's top team in resounding fashion, 8-2, in the first doubles contest to finish play. The win was the pair's fifth in a row. He then kept that momentum going, as he was the first player to leave the court in singles play after he finished off a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win over Zachery Buenger at No. 2. That gave Eastern a commanding 2-0 lead on its way to the win.

Mam earned Big Sky POW honors last year, while the last Eagle to do so prior to him was Aaron Heier in 2002.

Eastern's Successful Trip to Colorado

The Eagles opened up Big Sky play on Jan. 27 by defeating Northern Colorado, 7-0, in Greeley.

Eastern Washington was able to claim every singles match in straight sets. The Eagles began the match by winning 2-of-3 doubles contests to earn the doubles point and gain momentum heading into singles play.

Also on the trip, the Eagles defeated Air Force, 6-1. That was Eastern's first win of the season after dropping its first two contests. In the contest, EWU rallied from losing the first doubles match to win the other team, each of them in tiebreakers, 9-8. That momentum propelled Eastern Washington to win the first three singles matches to finish play to quickly clinch the team win.

The trip started with a tough-fought 4-0 loss to No. 66 Denver.

Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2007

The Eagles are coming off an impressive 2006 season (10-8) and are taking on top-notch competition this year. Eastern has four matches scheduled versus top-75 competition, including a pair against top-30 squads.

The Eagles will open and close its regular-season slate with a pair of nationally-ranked opponents. The season began with 6-1 and 4-0 losses to then-18th-ranked Washington and No. 62 Denver, respectively (the teams are currently ranked 27th and 50th, respectively). The Eagles will close out its regular season with matches against No. 75 UC Irvine and 19th-ranked Boise State on April 20 and 21, respectively. Both contests will be played in Idaho's capital city.

There are three ranked singles players on Eastern's schedule (based on ITA rankings released on March 20). Eastern's No. 1 singles player, Pannhara Mam, has already played No. 19 Adam Holmstrom of Denver. Upcoming for a pair of Eastern singles player will be No. 13 Luke Shields and 70th-ranked Clancy Shields, both of Boise State.

In doubles, an Eagles doubles team will play Boise State's 33rd-ranked duo of Luke Shields and Piotr Dilaj.

The Eastern Washington Eagles will leave on Thursday (March 22) on an epic road trip, which will see the team fly from Spokane to Salt Lake City, drive to three different matches (including one in a different state), fly to Phoenix, drive to Flagstaff and back, fly to El Paso and drive up to Las Cruces, N.M., before driving back to El Paso and flying home. The total mileage will be 3,229 (2,460 flying plus 769 driving).

Got all that?

The first part of the trip begins this week with three matches in three days, two of those being important Big Sky Conference contests. The Eagles (5-6, 2-2 BSC) take on Weber State at 1 p.m. on Friday, Utah State in a non-conference contest at 2 p.m. the next day and Idaho State at 9 a.m. on Sunday. All times listed are Pacific.

The stretch of six matches over eight days will wrap up a busy March which sees the Eagles play 10 matches from March 10-30, a 21-day span. Eastern Washington played just three times in the previous 41 days. April will be hectic, as well, as Eastern will play six regular-season contests, while the Big Sky Tournament will take place from April 27-29 in Sacramento, Calif.

The Eagles are coming off successive 5-2 road losses last weekend to Oregon and Portland. Eastern was able to secure wins in the No. 1 doubles, No. 1 singles and No. 6 singles positions in both matches.

Mam has Perfect 4-0 Weekend Versus UO, UP

Pannhara Mam had an outstanding weekend for the Eagles on Eastern Washington's trip to Oregon and Portland, as he defeated both teams' top singles players along with their best doubles tandems (teaming up with Kyle Schraeder for those wins).

Against Oregon, he and Schraeder won, 8-5, while Mam won a clutch first set and pulled away in the second, 7-6 (10-8), 6-1. Versus Portland, Mam and Schraeder won, 8-3, while in singles, Mam rallied from a first-set loss for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

On the season, Mam is 13-5 in singles and 10-4 in doubles. He has won four straight and 7-of-9 in singles, while Mam and Schraeder have teamed up for three straight victories and wins in 8-of-9 contests. Every doubles contest has come in the No. 1 position, while all but two spring singles matches were in the first position (the other pair of contests were played at No. 2).

Looking at Weber State

Weber State has rallied from a 0-4 start by winning 4-of-5 contests after that, but will enter its contest with Eastern Washington on a two-match losing streak. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, both those contests were Big Sky Conference matches. Weber State will bring a 1-2 league mark into the contest. The Wildcats (5-7) earned a conference win over Northern Colorado, 6-1. Weber State did defeat Idaho State in a non-conference match-up, 6-1.

Looking at Utah State

Utah State will bring a 4-4 mark into its match with Eastern Washington. The Aggies have played three Big Sky Conference schools, losing to Weber State, 4-3, beating Idaho State, 7-0, and falling to Montana State, 6-1.

Looking at Idaho State

Idaho State is currently 1-8 on the season, 0-3 in Big Sky Conference contests. The Bengals lost to Northern Colorado, 4-3, Northern Arizona, 7-0, and Sacramento State, 6-1, and will not play again until facing the Eagles on Sunday. In non-conference action, the Bengals lost to Weber State, 6-1.

History Made

The Eagles won a match on Feb. 24 which reverberated across the Big Sky Conference and Northwest tennis world, as Eastern Washington toppled three-time defending Big Sky champion Montana State, 5-2. The win ended a 27-match winless streak against the Bobcats dating to an 8-1 win in 1979. In fact, the five team points scored in that lone contest matched the total earned by Eastern in its last 20 meetings combined with Montana State (EWU was outscored, 129-5, in those contests).

The Eagles set the tone with convincing 8-2 wins in the first two doubles matches to finish play and were able to sweep all three doubles contests. The victory was secured when Patrick Millican attained Eastern's fourth team point with a straight-sets 6-3, 7-5 win over Igor Vuckovic on the fifth court.

Turning a Program Around

The Eagles are in the midst of a dramatic turnaround of its program. The Eagles went 10-8 last year to record its first winning mark since the 1985 squad went 13-10. In fact, EWU has won more matches in the 2006 and 2007 seasons (15-14) than it accumulated in the previous five years combined (10-60). To put it further into perspective, the Eagles have won five matches in an entire season just two times in the past 10 campaigns, including last season.

At 2-2, Eastern Washington has already tied for the second-most Big Sky Conference wins in school history. The Eagles went 2-4 in 2000 and a school-record 3-3 last year. Even more amazing is that the 2006 and 2007 teams have gone a combined 5-5 in Big Sky play, while the previous nine teams were a combined 4-53 in league contests.

Big Sky POW Honors for Schraeder

Kyle Schraeder had a big hand in Eastern Washington's historic 5-2 win over Montana State on Feb. 24, as he dominated opponents in both singles and doubles matches.

Teaming with Pannhara Mam in No. 1 doubles, the pair defeated Montana State's top team in resounding fashion, 8-2, in the first doubles contest to finish play. The win was the pair's fifth in a row. He then kept that momentum going, as he was the first player to leave the court in singles play after he finished off a convincing 6-1, 6-3 win over Zachery Buenger at No. 2. That gave Eastern a commanding 2-0 lead on its way to the win.

Mam earned Big Sky POW honors last year, while the last Eagle to do so prior to him was Aaron Heier in 2002.

Eastern's Successful Trip to Colorado

The Eagles opened up Big Sky play on Jan. 27 by defeating Northern Colorado, 7-0, in Greeley.

Eastern Washington was able to claim every singles match in straight sets. The Eagles began the match by winning 2-of-3 doubles contests to earn the doubles point and gain momentum heading into singles play.

Also on the trip, the Eagles defeated Air Force, 6-1. That was Eastern's first win of the season after dropping its first two contests. In the contest, EWU rallied from losing the first doubles match to win the other team, each of them in tiebreakers, 9-8. That momentum propelled Eastern Washington to win the first three singles matches to finish play to quickly clinch the team win.

The trip started with a tough-fought 4-0 loss to No. 66 Denver.

Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2007

The Eagles are coming off an impressive 2006 season (10-8) and are taking on top-notch competition this year. Eastern has four matches scheduled versus top-75 competition, including a pair against top-30 squads.

The Eagles will open and close its regular-season slate with a pair of nationally-ranked opponents. The season began with 6-1 and 4-0 losses to then-18th-ranked Washington and No. 62 Denver, respectively (the teams are currently ranked 27th and 50th, respectively). The Eagles will close out its regular season with matches against No. 75 UC Irvine and 19th-ranked Boise State on April 20 and 21, respectively. Both contests will be played in Idaho's capital city.

There are three ranked singles players on Eastern's schedule (based on ITA rankings released on March 20). Eastern's No. 1 singles player, Pannhara Mam, has already played No. 19 Adam Holmstrom of Denver. Upcoming for a pair of Eastern singles player will be No. 13 Luke Shields and 70th-ranked Clancy Shields, both of Boise State.

In doubles, an Eagles doubles team will play Boise State's 33rd-ranked duo of Luke Shields and Piotr Dilaj.

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