Jan. 24, 2008
Fresh off of an impressive, but not satisfying, performance in a 4-3 loss to No. 68 Brigham Young, the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team (0-1) faces another highly-respected team in Oregon (2-0). The match begins at 6 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 25) in Eugene, Ore.
Against the nationally-ranked Cougars, the Eagles earned the doubles point after Art Karas and Nico Riego de Dios clinched it with a clutch 9-8 (11-9) victory on court two. Singles play saw a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 5 by Kenneth Norling pull the Eagles to within one at 3-2.
The Ducks are coming off two home wins to start their campaign, as Oregon defeated both Weber State and Idaho by 6-1 scores on Friday (Jan. 18). This will be Oregon's third home match out of six to start its 2008 campaign.
"This is as good a chance as we have had at beating a Pac-10 school," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "Oregon is a really tough team, though; they are really deep from 1-8.
"Practices have been really highly charged this week with a lot of energy. The guys are all extremely excited to play. Every match is a challenge because we know we can beat any team, and that shows in practice."
Following the Oregon match, the Eagles will head back to Cheney for their first three home contests of the season. Nevada and Whitman will visit on Feb. 2, while the Eagles play host to Spokane-area rival Gonzaga on Feb. 12.
All Over the Career Records Charts
Of the nine players in Eagle men's tennis history to earn 20 singles wins (dating to 1989), four of them are on the 2008 squad.
Pannhara Mam and Patrick Millican are tied for the second spot, as they have earned 27 wins in their respective careers. Art Karas is in fifth with 25 victories, while Kyle Schraeder has tallied 21 wins, good for the eighth spot.
In doubles play, Mam and Schraeder each won 15 matches last year to take over the top spot in the career chart in that category, while Jonathan Davis and Millican is tied for third on that chart with 12 victories.
Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008
The Eagles are taking on top-notch competition this year, playing three top-75 opponents.
After playing No. 68 BYU on Saturday (Jan. 19), the Eagles take on 37th-ranked Washington on March 14 and No. 69 Fresno State on March 26.
The lone nationally-ranked singles player scheduled to take on an Eagle is No. 92 Rudolf Siwy of Fresno State.
The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team continues a challenging start to its 2008 campaign with a road contest versus No. 70 Washington on Sunday (Jan. 27). First serve is slated for 11 a.m.
The Eagles are coming off a 7-0 loss to 50th-ranked Washington State and will play No. 44 Boise State in its fourth match of the season. The third contest will see Eastern play its home-opening contest versus Idaho at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 30).
Washington started its season with a 4-3 loss to Big Sky Conference power Sacramento State (ranked 56th nationally) before rebounding for a 7-0 defeat of Hawai'i. The Huskies will play host to BYU on Saturday (Jan. 26) prior to meeting the Eagles the next day. The BYU contest will start a 10-match homestand for Washington.
"The Huskies are going to be a tough team," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "They had some really good results in the fall. Sunday's match is going to be one where we just need to go out and play high-consistent tennis.
"Practice has gone great this week. The team has been working really hard. It's great to see some mistakes that were being made the first couple days of (spring) practice are starting to go away. We are starting to play more high-percentage tennis."
The Record Books Get Rewritten
Four Eagles are among the top seven on the Eastern Washington career singles wins chart. Kasey Knox is third with 28 victories, while Kerstyn Dolack has 24, good for fourth. In sixth is Rachel Berger (19), and she is followed by Amanda Mankovits (17).
Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008
The Eagles are taking on top competition in 2008, as four nationally-ranked squads are on the slate. In addition to its match on Saturday (Jan. 19) with No. 50 Washington State, EWU takes on No. 70 Washington on Sunday (Jan. 27), 44th-ranked Boise State on Feb. 9 and No. 56 Sacramento State on March 27.
Also, three nationally-ranked singles players are scheduled to take on Eagles, as is one doubles squad. No. 91 Ekaterina Burduli of Washington State defeated Kasey Knox, 6-3, 6-2, on Saturday (Jan. 19), while Bianca Jochimsen of Boise State (No. 81) and No. 63 Katrina Zheltova of Sacramento State are scheduled to take on Eagle opponents this year.
In doubles play, the 40th-ranked team of Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach of Boise State is slated to play in Eastern's match with the Broncos on Feb. 9.