September 29, 2007

Numerous Eagles Play Well at EWU/Gonzaga Classic

Sept. 29, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team saw a number of its players have success at the EWU/Gonzaga Classic in Cheney. Following Saturday's (Sept. 29) play, the Eagles saw one singles player (Kasey Knox) reach the semifinal round and a pair of doubles teams advance to the championship round.

"We had an outstanding day in both singles and doubles," assistant coach Bryce Cooper said. "We dominated in doubles play with two teams reaching the final. Everyone brought a lot of energy to their matches today. We competed well.

"These fall tournaments are a great way to see where our players are at and to prepare ourselves for the spring season."

Knox defeated Gonzaga's Carrie Schofield in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-0, before topping her teammate, Sarah Leuenberger, by 6-3, 6-2 scores.

"Kasey dominated today in both the Round of 16 and in the quarterfinals," Cooper said. "She plays against the No. 1 player from Gonzaga in the semifinals."

In doubles play, two Eagle teams made the championship round. Knox and Amanda Mankovits topped Montana's Kayla Moyse and Martyna Nowak, 8-3, before outlasting Gonzaga's Emily Anderson and Aglaya Kokurina in a tight match, 9-8. Rachel Berger and Kerstyn Dolack advanced after beating a pair of GU opponents in Clare Dodge and Courtney Lau 8-5 and Danielle Farmer and Rika Mehndiratta 8-2.

The singles consolation bracket saw Marie Demerath advance to the semifinals after defeating Alyson Peck of Lewis-Clark State 6-3, 6-4 and Idaho's Jana Siwa, 6-3, 6-1.

"Marie had a great day," Cooper said.

Knox will take on Kokurina in a semifinal contest on Sunday (Sept. 30), with first serve slated for 9 a.m. The winner of that match will play either Anderson or Mehndiratta for the singles title at 11:30 a.m.

Demerath will play Clare Dodge of Gonzaga at 9 a.m. with the winner taking on Kayla Dantzler or Natalie Kirch, both players from Idaho, at 11:30 a.m.

There will be no doubles matches played on Sunday, as both championship matches would have had teammates play each other and those teams decided to have their sets of players share those titles.

All matches will be played on the EWU campus.

Singles Round of 16
Aglaya Kokurina (Gonzaga) def. Amanda Mankovits (EWU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Yvette Ly (Idaho), 6-4, 6-4
Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Carrie Schofield (Gonzaga), 6-1, 6-0
Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) def. Kristen MacWilliam (Gonzaga), 6-4, 6-3
Rachel Berger (EWU) def. Danielle Farmer (Gonzaga), 6-0, 6-2
Singles Quarterfinals
Aglaya Kokurina (Gonzaga) def. Kerstyn Dolack (EWU), 6-3, 6-3
Kasey Knox (EWU) def. Sarah Leuenberger (EWU), 6-3, 6-2
Rika Mehndiratta (Gonzaga) def. Rachel Berger (EWU), 6-3, 6-4

Singles Consolation Round of 16
Jana Siwa (Idaho) def. Iliana Petrova (EWU), 6-7, 7-6, (10-5)
Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Alyson Peck (Lewis-Clark State), 6-3, 6-4
Kayla Moyse (Montana) def. Judy Liening (EWU), 6-1, 6-1
Clare Dodge (Gonzaga) def. Elaine Aragones (EWU), 6-0, 6-1
Singles Consolation Quarterfinals
Marie Demerath (EWU) def. Jana Siwa (Idaho), 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Quarterfinals
Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU) def. Kayla Moyse/Martyna Nowak (Montana), 8-3
Rachel Berger/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Clare Dodge/Courtney Lau (Gonzaga), 8-5
Doubles Semifinals
Kasey Knox/Amanda Mankovits (EWU) def. Emily Anderson/Aglaya Kokurina (Gonzaga), 9-8
Rachel Berger/Kerstyn Dolack (EWU) def. Danielle Farmer/Rika Mehndiratta (Gonzaga), 8-2

Doubles Consolation Quarterfinals
Marie Demerath/Sarah Leuenberger (EWU) def. Kayla Dantzler/Natalie Kirch (Idaho), 8-4
Silvia Irimescu/Jana Siwa (Idaho) def. Elaine Aragones/Judy Liening (EWU), 8-1
Doubles Consolation Semifinals
Carrie Schofield/Kristen MacWilliam (Gonzaga) def. Marie Demerath/Sarah Leuenberger (EWU), 9-8

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