Eagles Score Key Wins at EWU/GU Classic
Eastern Washington finishes up action in second of three fall tournaments the team will play in 2009-10
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team had some impressive performances at the EWU/GU Classic over the weekend, played on the EWU campus from Friday-Sunday (Sept. 25-27).
The longest tournament run in the five brackets (three singles, two doubles) was accomplished by the doubles tandem of Judy Liening and Ryann Warner, who rode a pair of wins to the Flight B semifinals.
The duo first beat Lucy Fairbotham of Montana State and Portland State's Kylea Gleason, 8-2, before defeating Constance Alexander and Cara Lehman of Montana by an 8-4 score.
Another doubles team as well as a pair of singles players earned victories before being eliminated from their respective brackets.
In one of the most exciting contests of the weekend, Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight advanced to the Flight A quarterfinals with a dramatic 9-8 (8-6) victory over Weber State's Ksenia Googe and Andjela Kankaras.
In the Singles B section of the draw, Chelsea Patton knocked off Ali Griffin of Montana State by 6-1, 6-4 scores. Alix Silha was victorious in straight sets over Portland State's Kylea Gleason, 6-4, 6-0, to advance to the Round of 16 in Flight C.
In the consolation Flight B singles draw, both Bampton and Liening had an impressive run, advancing to the (unplayed) final. Both players earned straight-sets wins in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of those respective draws.
The Eagles will return to action at the ITA Regionals, which will be played from Oct. 23-26 in Stanford, Calif.