First Place Eagles Head To The Golden State

Eastern will put three-match winning streak on the line Saturday against San Jose State

Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
March 20 – at San Jose State – 11 a.m. 

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team will hit the Golden State this weekend when they travel down to San Jose, Calif., to take on San Jose State Saturday March 20. Match time is set for 11 a.m. Pacific time.

The Eagles enter the match 7-6 overall after sweeping Idaho State and Weber State last weekend in Cheney to improve to a perfect 4-0 in the Big Sky. The Eagles are currently in first place in the conference with four league games remaining on the schedule.

San Jose State is currently 6-4 overall this season and are coming off a close 4-3 victory at home over Northern Iowa. The Spartans are in the middle of a six-match home stand.

After the match with the Spartans on Saturday, the Eagles will match up with Cal St. Bakersfield on March 23 and Big Sky foe Sacramento State on March 24.


Bampton: Caitlin Bampton was awarded with her first Big Sky Player of the Week honor today.

Bampton, a sophomore from Kennewick, Wash., went 2-0 last week at No. 1 singles and doubles to help the Eagles to conference wins over the Weber State Wildcats and Idaho State Bengals.

Bampton won 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 over Keya Jenkins of Weber State and 6-3, 6-1 over Lisel Lewis of Idaho State, both at No. 1 singles. Bampton joined teammate Kelsey Knight to defeat the No. 1 doubles team against both Weber State and Idaho State.

It was the second such honor for the Eagles this season; Marie Demerath was awarded the same honor on Jan. 21.


Improving Doubles: The Eagles doubles play is improving match by match, according to associate head coach Dale Silha.

“Our doubles play is getting better with each match,” said Silha. “We have won the doubles point in each of the four conference matches that we have played."

In six of the seven Eagle victories this season, Eastern has captured the doubles point. Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight lead the Eagles will a 4-1 record at No. 1 doubles on the year. The duo has won their last three matches.


Competing Nationally: Although Eastern dropped its match against No. 71 Oregon 7-0 on Jan. 23, the Eagles picked up a No. 2 doubles victory and a couple singles players battled to the very end in their respective singles matches.

“We were able to get a significant win against Oregon's No. 2 doubles team,” said associate women’s head coach Dale Silha. “Kelsey Knight at No. 3 singles and Judy Liening at No. 6 singles had extremely close matches against Oregon that could have gone either way.”


First Time for Everything: Eagle freshmen Chelsea Patton, Ryann Warner and Jessie Steele picked up their first singles wins of their career against Lewis-Clark State (Jan. 15) and Whitworth (Jan. 16).

Both Patton and Warner won both of their singles matches to advance to 2-0 on the season, and Steele saw her first action Saturday (Jan. 16) against Whitworth in defeating Stephanie Reardon 4-6, 6-4, 1-0.

Patton teamed up with Caitlin Bampton in both matches to pick up two doubles wins, and Warner matched up with Judy Liening to go 1-1 over the two matches.


Moving on Up: Senior Marie Demerath now has six singles wins 13 matches into the 2009-10 dual-match season, already surpassing her total wins from last season.

Demerath now has 33 career singles victories, which is sixth most all-time in program history. She needs two more wins to move into fourth all-time by surpassing Amanda Mankovits and Sejla Serifovic, who both have 34.


Noteworthy Performances: Marie Demerath earned Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honors on Jan. 21 for her performance in season-opening matches for the Eagles against Lewis-Clark State College (Jan. 15) and Whitworth University (Jan. 16).

Demerath, a senior from Kenmore, Wash., compiled a 2-0 record in singles play and a 2-0 record in doubles action en route to sweeping 7-0 victories for the Eagles.

On Jan. 15 against Lewis-Clark State as the No. 2 singles player, Demerath defeated Dorothy Chong 6-0, 6-3. She teamed-up with partner Kelsey Knight for an 8-1 doubles victory as well.

Against Whitworth on Jan. 16, Demerath was victorious on the No. 1 singles court against Allie Marshall 6-2, 6-0. Demerath and Knight picked up another doubles victory by an 8-3 score.

This is the second Big Sky Conference Player of the Week honor for Demerath, who was awarded the same honor during the 2006-07 season.


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March 13, 2010 - Eagles Remain Perfect In Big Sky
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February 14, 2010 - Pacific Hands Eastern Hard Fought 7-0 Loss
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February 6, 2010 - Gonzaga Sweeps Eastern 7-0
February 5, 2010 - Eagles Fall Just Short Against Idaho 4-3
January 29, 2010 - Cougars Defeat Eagles 7-0
January 24, 2010 - Eagles Fall 7-0 To No. 71 Oregon
January 23, 2010 - Pilots Ground Eagles 7-0
January 22, 2010 - Eagles Sweep Portland State 7-0
January 21, 2010 - Demerath Named Big Sky Player of the Week
January 16, 2010 - Eagles Defeat Pirates 7-0
January 15, 2010 - Eagles Start Season Off With 7-0 Victory
January 12, 2010 - SEASON OUTLOOK: Eagles Have Several New Faces in 2010
October 25, 2009 - Eagle Men and Women Play in ITA Regionals
September 27, 2009 - Eagles Score Key Wins at EWU/GU Classic
September 25, 2009 - Eagles Play Host to EWU/GU Classic over the Weekend
September 20, 2009 - Eagles Open 2009-10 Campaign in Pullman

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