March 25, 2009
Kyle Schraeder has had an outstanding season for the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team and that continued with a perfect record last week, which earned him Big Sky Conference Player of the Week accolades.
In Eastern's only two matches of the week, played on Sunday (March 22), he helped the Eagles to a 5-2 defeat of Lewis-Clark State and a 7-0 whitewashing of Bethany (Kan.).
He and Nico Riego de Dios just last week entered the national rankings as a doubles tandem, believed to be a first at the NCAA Division I level in EWU history, and the 72nd-ranked duo christened that honor with 8-6 and 8-2 respective wins on Sunday.
The two have gone 12-4 so far this season, all played at the No. 1 position. They have won 11-of-13 matches.
In singles action, Schraeder has recorded a 10-6 mark, 4-2 at No. 1, 6-3 at No. 2 and 0-1 at No. 3. He has now won three straight contests, including 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-2 victories on Sunday.
Schraeder has helped lead the Eagles as a squad to a 10-6 record, 3-1 in Big Sky play. Eastern Washington has now attained a double-digit win total for the fourth straight season after going 14 consecutive years without doing so.
This is the second award for Schraeder this season, as he previously earned the honors on Jan. 27. He was also named POW on Feb. 28, 2007.
Eastern is playing at Weber State (6-7, 2-0 BSC) in a conference match that started at 11 a.m. Pacific Time today (March 25).