Eagles Continue Road Trip in California

Eastern will take on Cal State Bakersfield Tuesday before important Big Sky match with No. 45 Sacramento State on Wednesday

Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
March 23 – at Cal State Bakersfield – 2 p.m.
March 24 – at Sacramento State – 2 p.m.

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information 

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team looks to extend its four match winning streak this week when they take on Cal State Bakersfield Tuesday March 23 and Big Sky foe Sacramento State Wednesday March 24. Both matches are set for 2 p.m. Pacific time. 

The Eagles enter the match 8-6 overall after picking up a non-conference 4-3 victory over San Jose State on March 20. The Eagles are currently in first place in the Big Sky Conference with a 4-0 record.

Cal State Bakersfield is 1-12 overall this season and are coming off a 7-0 loss to Long Island University in Las Vegas, Nev.

Sacramento State, ranked No. 45 in the nation, is 11-5 on the season and like the Eagles, are also undefeated in the Big Sky at 3-0. The Hornets have won 65 straight Big Sky matches.

After the two matches, the Eagles will be back in action April 2 at home against Montana. The match will be the first of four straight home matches for the Eagles.


Bampton: Caitlin Bampton was awarded the first Big Sky Player of the Week honor of her career last week.

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 seven of the eight Eagle victories this season, Eastern has captured the doubles point. Caitlin Bampton and Kelsey Knight lead the Eagles will a 5-1 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 seven singles wins 14 matches into the 2009-10 dual-match season, already surpassing her total wins from last season.

Demerath now has 34 career singles victories, which is tied for fifth most all-time in program history. She needs one 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.


Eastern Tennis -- http://goeags.com/sports/w-tennis/index
Stats & Results -- http://goeags.com/sports/w-tennis/2009-10/statistics/teamstat.htm
Big Sky Conference Tennis -- http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=tennis2&path=wten
NCAA Tennis -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-tennis/ncaa-w-tennis-body.html
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March 13, 2010 - Eagles Remain Perfect In Big Sky
March 12, 2010 - Eagles Sweep Bengals 7-0
February 20, 2010 - Eagles Stay Undefeated in Big Sky
February 14, 2010 - Pacific Hands Eastern Hard Fought 7-0 Loss
February 13, 2010 - Eagles Edge Redhawks 4-3
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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