March 17, 2007

Eagles Fall to Portland in 4-3 Thriller

March 17, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team ended its two-match road trip to the state of Oregon with a tight 4-3 loss to the University of Portland Pilots. The Eagles (3-9) were able to grab early momentum by earning the doubles point, but UP (9-5) rallied with four wins in the six singles matches to earn its victory in the Saturday afternoon (March 17) match.

The team result was settled with the No. 6 singles match. Eagle senior Sayaka Yoshimoto battled Portland's Audree Jenks before falling, 7-5, 6-2. Jenks pulled away from a 5-5 tie to secure the final two games of the first set. Each of the six singles matches were decided in straight sets.

Marie Demerath was the only Eagle to earn both singles and doubles victories today. She teamed with Amanda Mankovits to defeat Christina Feyen and Katie Kennel, 8-5. The pair have now won 4-of-5 matches. In singles play, she defeated Anna Gullickson in convincing fashion, 6-1, 6-1.

Eastern's No. 1 doubles team of Rachel Berger and Iliana Petrova earned an 8-6 victory over Lindsay Griffin and Jenks. Earning EWU's other team point was Eastern's No. 1 player, Kasey Knox. She defeated Megan Sporndli, 6-4, 6-2. Kerstyn Dolack had a good performance at No. 3, falling by 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 scores to Feyen.

The Eagles next head on a six-match road trip over nine days. The journey will begin with a Big Sky Conference match against Weber State (4-8, 0-2 BSC). That contest will be played in Ogden, Utah, and first serve is slated for 9:30 a.m. PT on Friday (March 23). The Eagles are 2-2 in conference play.

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Eastern Washington at Portland
Portland 4, Eastern Washington 3
March 17, 2007, at Portland, Ore.

Singles competition

1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Megan Sporndli (POR), 6-4, 6-2
2. Lindsay Griffin (POR) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 6-3, 6-0
3. Christina Feyen (POR) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 7-6 (9-7), 6-4
4. Jenna Tanzer (POR) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 6-3, 6-2
5. Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Anna Gullickson (POR), 6-1, 6-1
6. Audree Jenks (POR) def. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU), 7-5, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Rachel Berger/Iliana Petrova (EWU) def. Lindsay Griffin/Audree Jenks (POR), 8-6
2. Megan Sporndli/Jenna Tanzer (POR) def. Kasey Knox/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-3
3. Amanda Mankovits/Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Christina Feyen/Katie Kennel (POR), 8-5

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

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