March 16, 2007

Eagles Win at No. 6 Singles, Fall to 20th-Ranked Oregon

March 16, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team met its largest challenge of the 2006-07 season on Friday morning (March 16) in No. 20 Oregon and battled tough, but fell to the Ducks, 6-1. Sayaka Yoshimoto earned Eastern's point with an outstanding rally, defeating Tina Snodgrass, 0-6, 6-4, 6-2.

Eastern (3-8) had some good performances in doubles play. At No. 2, Kasey Knox and Kerstyn Dolack fell, 8-5, to Carmen Seremeta and Claudia Hirt, while the third court saw Amanda Mankovits and Marie Demerath drop an 8-6 decision to Anna Powaska and Monica Hoz de Vila. The first doubles match at No. 1 saw Iliana Petrova and Rachel Berger defeated by Dominika Dieskova and Ana Cecilia Olivos, 8-1.

Oregon (9-4), the highest-ranked team Eastern will play this season, then proceeded to win the first four singles matches to finish and, in turn, seal its win with an insurmountable 5-0 lead. At that point, Yoshimoto completed her dramatic comeback to earn Eastern a point. She became the first Eagle this season to rally from losing a set by a 6-0 score to earn a match victory.

The Eagles continue their trip to the state of Oregon with a 5 p.m. contest at Portland on Saturday (Feb. 17). The Pilots are 8-5 after going 1-2 on a three-match road trip to the state of North Carolina.

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Eastern Washington at No. 20 Oregon
Oregon 6, Eastern Washington 1
March 16, 2007, at Eugene, Ore.

Singles competition
1. Dominika Dieskova (UO) def. Kasey Knox (EWU), 6-2, 6-2
2. Carmen Seremeta (UO) def. Iliana Petrova (EWU), 6-0, 6-0
3. Anna Powaska (UO) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 6-0, 6-1
4. Monica Hoz de Vila (UO) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 6-1, 6-4
5. Claudia Hirt (UO) def. Marie Demerath (EWU), 6-2, 6-3
6. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU) def. Tina Snodgrass (UO), 0-6, 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Dominika Dieskova/Ana Cecilia Olivos (UO) def. Rachel Berger/Iliana Petrova (EWU), 8-1
2. Carmen Seremeta/Claudia Hirt (UO) def. Kasey Knox/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-5
3. Anna Powaska/Monica Hoz de Vila (UO) def. Marie Demerath/Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 8-6

Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,1,5,6,4)

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