Important Big Sky Matches Await Eagles This Weekend

After a long three-week layoff, Eastern hosts Idaho State Friday and Weber State Saturday in two important Big Sky matches

Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
March 12 – Idaho State at Thorpe Fieldhouse – 1 p.m.
March 13 – Weber State at Thorpe Fieldhouse – 10 a.m.

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team will hit the courts this weekend after a long break, as it takes on Idaho State on Friday (March 12) and Weber State on Saturday (March 13) in the Thorpe Fieldhouse on the EWU campus.

The match against the Bengals will begin at 1 p.m. and the match against the Wildcats will begin at 10 a.m.

The Eagles enter the matches 5-6 overall and a perfect 2-0 in the Big Sky, which currently ranks them in second-place in the conference behind Montana. After this weekend only four more conference matches remain on the Eagles schedule.

Idaho State is currently 1-4 overall this season and 0-3 in Big Sky play. The match against the Eagles will be the first road match for the Bengals all season as they have played their first five matches at home. The Bengals most recently lost 5-2 to Montana State on March 6.

Weber State is 3-8 overall on the season and is 1-2 in Big Sky play, with their win coming over Idaho State. The Wildcats are coming off of a 7-0 sweep of the College of Idaho on March 7.

After the two matches the Eagles will hit the road for the first time since early February for three-straight road matches, beginning first with San Jose State on March 20. 


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 four singles wins 11 matches into the 2009-10 dual-match season, already surpassing her total wins from last season.

Demerath now has 31 career singles victories, which is tied with former teammate Kerstyn Dolack for sixth most all-time.


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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Recent EWU Women’s Tennis Headlines . . .
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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