March 6, 2009

Eagles Bounce Back to Winning Track

March 6, 2009

The Eastern Washington University women’s tennis team had three players rally from set deficits to help propel the Eagles to a pivotal 6-1 road victory over Weber State in Big Sky Conference action on Friday afternoon (March 6).

Eastern (5-5, 3-2 BSC) grabbed a 1-0 lead by taking the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles matches. Marie Demerath and Amanda Mankovits had an 8-6 victory on the first court, while Kasie King and Caitlin Bampton were successful, 8-4, in their first-ever contest together at the No. 2 position.

In singles, Demerath, Mankovits and King all rallied from a set down for victories. Demerath’s win was by 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) scores on court one, while Mankovits recorded a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory on the second court. King had her impressive 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win on court four.

Also, Bampton won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2, in her first-ever match at No. 3, while Handwerk completed a perfect day with Eastern’s most dominating singles win of the day, 6-3, 6-0. It was also her first complete match of the season, as she needed to retire in Eastern’s 4-3 loss to Gonzaga on Feb. 3.

The Eagles continue their busy road trip with an 8 a.m. Pacific Time match with Idaho State on Saturday (March 7). The Bengals (0-1 BSC) dropped to 0-6 with a 5-2 road loss to Utah State on Wednesday (March 4).

Eastern Washington wraps up its weekend with a match at Utah State at 9 a.m. on Sunday (March 8).

Eastern Washington vs Weber State
Mar 06, 2009 at Ogden, Utah
Eastern Washington 6, Weber State 1

Singles competition

1. Demerath, Marie (EWU-W) def. FARIAS, Greyce (WSU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-1, 7-6 (7-3)
2. Mankovits, Amanda (EWU-W) def. DRUGGE, Caroline (WSU) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Bampton, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. JENKINS, Keya (WSU) 6-3, 6-2
4. King, Kasie (EWU-W) def. MOORE, Brittiny (WSU) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4
5. HANCOCK, Karlie (WSU) def. Liening, Judy (EWU-W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Handwerk, Heather (EWU-W) def. BENEKE, Elsje (WSU) 6-3, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. MANKOVITS, Amanda/DEMERATH, Marie (EWU-W) def. DRUGGE, Caroline/MOORE, Brittiny (WSU) 8-6
2. KING, Kasie/BAMPTON, Caitlin (EWU-W) def. JENKINS, Keya/FARIAS, Greyce (WSU) 8-4
3. BENEKE, Elsje/HANCOCK, Karlie (WSU) def. LIENING, Judy/HANDWERK, Heather (EWU-W) 8-5

Eastern Washington 5-5, 3-2 BSC
Weber State 2-9, 0-2 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (6,3,5,4,2,1)

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