Jan. 30, 2009
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team outlasted Seattle University, 5-2, in a road match on Friday afternoon (Jan. 30) to move to 2-1 for the first time since 2006. The contest was Seattle University's first home one since 2002, as the university re-added the sport this year.
The Eagles took all three doubles matches to enter singles play with a 1-0 lead. The No. 1 contest saw Amanda Mankovits and Kelsey Knight pull out an exciting 9-8 victory.
In singles, Eastern Washington quickly went up 2-0 when Marie Demerath recorded a 6-3, 6-0 victory on court three. The Redhawks (1-1) then battled back with victories on courts one and two to tie the team score, 2-2.
The Eagles, however, put away any doubt they would win the contest with a trio of straight-set wins on courts four, five and six. Caitlin Bampton had the best EWU performance of the day with a 6-3, 6-0 win at five, while Judy Liening clinched the team win with her 6-4, 6-2 victory on court six. Kelsey Knight also claimed the No. 4 contest.
Eastern next takes on Gonzaga in the first of the rivals' annual home-and-home series. That match will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday (Feb. 3) at the Spokane Racquet Club. The Eagles then open Big Sky Conference play versus seven-time league champion and 42nd-ranked Sacramento State in their home opener on Feb. 8.
Eastern Washington vs Seattle University
Jan 30, 2009 at Seattle, Wash.
Eastern Washington 5, Seattle University 2
1. OHNO, Ariel (SU) def. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) 6-3, 6-3
2. JENKS, Audree (SU) def. Berger, Rachel (EWU-W) 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
3. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) def. FLECKENSTEIN, Nicole (SU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Knight, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. CHENG, Whitney (SU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-4
5. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. SCHWAB, Katrina (SU) 6-3, 6-0
6. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) def. SUGIMOTO, Aya (SU) 6-4, 6-2
1. MANKOVITS, Amanda/KNIGHT, Kelsey (EWU-W) def. JENKS, Audree/FLECKENSTEIN, Nicole (SU) 9-8 (7-3)
2. DEMERATH, Marie/BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. CHENG, Whitney/OHNO, Ariel (SU) 8-3
3. BERGER, Rachel/LIENING, Judy (EWU-W) def. SUGIMOTO, Aya/SCHWAB, Katrina (SU) 8-2
Eastern Washington 2-1
Seattle University 1-1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (3,1,2,5,6,4)