September 26, 2006

Eagles Finish 11-15 in First Competition

Sept. 26, 2006

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The singles and doubles teams for the Eastern Washington University women's tennis team compiled an 11-15 record at the season-opening Red Lion Invitational Tennis Tournament hosted by EWU Sept. 22-24. The Eagle men's team hosts the same tournament this weekend (Sept. 29-31).

Three Eastern players advanced to the quarterfinals of the main portion of the singles tournament in which Eastern finished 8-8. Doubles teams for the Eagles were 3-5 and EWU's flight two singles players (seventh or higher on each school's tennis ladder) were 2-2.

Advancing to the singles quarterfinals were returning letterwinners Rachel Berger, Kasey Knox and Kerstyn Dolack. The duo of Amanda Mankovits and Iliana Petrova -- also back from last year's team -- advanced to the doubles quarterfinals. Knox, the No. 2 seed entering the tournament, lost her quarterfinal match because of an injury.

"Our returning players had a good tournament," said EWU head coach Patrick Dreves. "We advanced three players to the quarterfinals which is always a good sign. And it was good experience for the freshmen that competed for us. They now know what to expect."

Jenna Tanzer of Portland defeated top-seeded Liz Walker of Montana for the individual singles title. Walker and Mari Costello from Montana won the doubles championship after entering as the top-seeded duo.

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