Eastern Earns 5-2 Win in Return Match with Zags

April 12, 2007

Every once in a while, a pair of rivals play each other twice at each other's home facility and the away team wins each time. It was no different with the 2006-07 Eastern Washington and Gonzaga women's tennis teams, as the Eagles defeated Gonzaga, 5-2, on Thursday afternoon (April 12) to gain a season split with the Bulldogs after GU earned a 4-3 win in Cheney a week ago.

For just the second time this season out of 13 occurrences, the Eagles lost the doubles point and rallied to win the match. The Zags took immediate control of the match by taking the first two doubles contests to finish to take a 1-0 advantage. The No. 1 contest saw Kasey Knox and Iliana Petrova, playing together for the first time this season, win, 8-6, over Erin Humphrey and Sydney Lederhouse.

Knox then sent a message to the Zags as a team with a quick and dominating 6-1, 6-2 victory over Emily Anderson in No. 1 singles. She narrowly beat Anderson in a thriller a week ago, 3-6, 7-6 (12-10), (10-7), but made sure there was no doubt of the outcome today. She started a stretch of four straight singles wins for the Eagles (7-12), which sealed for Eastern its impressive victory.

Her 11 wins recorded so far in the dual-match season is the second-highest total at the No. 1 position in Eagle history, trailing just Tina Dlouhy's 1995 campaign, when she won 12 times.

Next to finish playing was Rachel Berger, as she impressively defeated Kendall Bates, 6-2, 6-3, on the third court. Amanda Mankovits then followed suit with a clutch comeback 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory in the fourth position over Lederhouse.

The clinching win came courtesy of Petrova, who won easily, 6-3, 6-3, on the sixth court against Carrie Schofield.

After the Zags (5-15) got a point back with a win at No. 2, the Eagles finished off the day's play with a win at court five. That was where Sayaka Yoshimoto rallied for a 5-7, 6-4, (10-7) defeat of Courtney Lau.

Eastern Washington has now matched its highest winning total attained in the past 14 seasons, as the 2006 (7-13), 1996 (7-15) and 1994 (7-9) squads each reached the seven-win mark, as well. The last team to earn more wins was the 1993 Eagle team, which went 10-8 that season.

The Eagles wrap up their regular season in Pullman, Wash., on Friday (April 13). Eastern will take on UC Santa Barbara on the Washington State campus. The Gauchos are 9-7, 4-2 in Big West Conference play, good for fourth place in the conference standings. Following that contest, Eastern Washington will take part in the Big Sky Championship from April 27-29 in Sacramento, Calif.

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Eastern Washington at Gonzaga
Eastern Washington 5, Gonzaga 2
April 12, 2007, at Spokane, Wash.

Doubles competition
1. Kasey Knox/Iliana Petrova (EWU) def. Erin Humphrey/Sydney Lederhouse (GU), 8-6
2. Emily Anderson/Kendall Bates (GU) def. Rachel Berger/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 8-5
3. Aglaya Kokurina/Carrie Schofield (GU) def. Marie Demerath/Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 8-3

Singles competition
1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Emily Anderson (GU), 6-1, 6-2
2. Aglaya Kokurina (GU) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 3-6, 6-1, 2-1 (ret.)
3. Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Kendall Bates (GU), 6-2, 6-3
4. Amanda Mankovits (EWU) def. Sydney Lederhouse (GU), 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
5. Sayaka Yoshimoto (EWU) def. Courtney Lau (GU) 5-7, 6-4, (10-7)
6. Iliana Petrova (EWU) def. Carrie Schofield (GU), 6-3, 6-3

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

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