March 27, 2007

Eagles Complete Big Sky Schedule with Winning Record for First Time

March 27, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team completed its 2007 Big Sky Conference schedule with a 6-1 loss to host Northern Arizona on Tuesday afternoon (March 27). The result allowed Eastern to complete its season with a 4-3 Big Sky mark, its best in school history, while the Eagles currently sit in third place in the conference standings.

The Eagles won as many Big Sky matches this year as it had in the previous five seasons combined (4-33).

Kasey Knox earned Eastern Washington's lone point of the day with an impressive 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 win at No. 1 singles over Patrice Biemold. The victory extended her personal winning streak to five matches and improves her 2006-07 record to 12-9. She is 9-7 in the dual-match season with all those contests coming in the first position.

The Lumberjacks took immediate control of the match by winning two of the three doubles matches and continued that play in the singles contests, as four of those went NAU's way in straight sets. In the No. 3 match, Kerstyn Dolack played well against Leslie Vial, claiming the first set, 6-1, but fell in the next two stanzas.

Eastern Washington's scheduled contest with Scottsdale CC on Wednesday (March 28) has been cancelled. The Eagles will wrap up their 3,137-mile road trip at 8 a.m. PT on Saturday versus UTEP. The Miners are 8-7, 2-0 against Conference USA competition, and will be playing their final home match of the season versus Eastern. The Eagles then return to Cheney to play its final home match of the season on April 5 versus local rival Gonzaga.

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Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
Northern Arizona 6, Eastern Washington 1
March 27, 2007, at Flagstaff, Ariz.

Doubles competition
1. Katie Schurr/ Leslie Vial (NAU) def. Sayaka Yoshimoto/ Rachel Berger (EWU), 8-2
2. Patrice Biemold/ Susan McClelland (NAU) def. Kasey Knox/ Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-4
3. Amanda Mankovits/ Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Regan Newman/ Paij Porter (NAU), 8-2

Singles competition
1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Patrice Biemold (NAU), 6-2, 4-6, 7-6
2. Katie Schurr (NAU) def. Iliana Petrova (EWU), 6-3, 6-2
3. Leslie Vial (NAU) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 1-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. Susan McClelland (NAU) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 6-2, 6-4
5. Paij Porter (NAU) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 6-4, 7-6
6. Stacey Pinchbeck (NAU) def. Marie Demerath (EWU), 6-4, 6-2

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

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