Eagles Close Conference Play with 5-2 Loss at Montana

April 12, 2008

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team fell to Montana in a road Big Sky Conference match on Saturday morning (April 12) by a 5-2 score.

The two Eagles to claim singles wins today were Kasey Knox and Rachel Berger. Knox rallied for an impressive 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 comeback win at No. 1, while Berger swept a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 decision on court six. Those victories cut Montana's lead to 3-2.

Two other Eagles saw their contests taken to third sets, Sarah Leuenberger and Amanda Mankovits. Those two Montana wins allowed the Grizzlies to earn their fourth and fifth points of the contest.

The Eagles finish the Big Sky regular season with a 4-4 mark. Eastern Washington has gone 8-7 in league contests the past two seasons. By comparison, the previous eight Eagle squads attained a cumulative total of eight league wins (8-48).

Eastern Washington (8-11) will play three non-conference matches to close out the 2008 regular season. The Eagles will play host to Hawai'i (2-15) to finish out their home schedule at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (April 15) before heading to Moscow, Idaho, to take on Idaho and Lewis-Clark State four days later.

The Big Sky Championship will take place from April 25-27 in Gold River, Calif., just outside of Sacramento. Eastern Washington has clinched a spot in the tournament.

Eastern Washington vs Montana
4/12/08 at Missoula, Mont.
Montana 5, Eastern Washington 2

Singles competition
1. Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Liz Walker (UM) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Mari Castello (UM) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) 6-2, 6-2
3. Danni Paulson (UM) def. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4
4. Martyna Nowak (UM) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU) 5-7, 7-6 (7-1), 6-0
5. Rebecca Bran (UM) def. Marie Demerath (EWU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Kayla Moyse (UM) 7-6 (7-5), 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Liz Walker/Mari Castello (UM) def. Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU) 8-2
2. Rebecca Bran/Jessica Souza (UM) def. Sarah Leuenberger/Marie Demerath (EWU) 8-5
3. Martyna Nowak/Danni Paulson (UM) def. Kerstyn Dolack/Rachel Berger (EWU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Eastern Washington 8-11, 4-4 BSC
Montana 6-10, 3-2 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (5,2,6,1,4,3)

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