February 8, 2008

Two Ranked Teams on Slate This Weekend

Feb. 8, 2008

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A challenging slate of contests to start the Eastern Washington University women's tennis season continues for the Eagles this weekend, as Eastern will play both No. 42 Boise State and 67th-ranked Utah over the next couple days.

Boise State will play host to both contests, with the BSU-EWU contest to commence at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Saturday (Feb. 9), while the Eagles will take on the Utes at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday (Feb. 10).

In the Boise State contest, the No. 1 singles match is expected to see Kasey Knox take on No. 63 Bianca Jochimsen, while BSU also has a nationally-ranked doubles team in No. 40 Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach.

The Eagles are opening the 2008 schedule with four consecutive nationally-ranked opponents. Eastern fell 7-0 to both No. 50 Washington State and 70th-ranked Washington on Jan. 19 and 27, respectively.

Boise State has played just once so far this season, a 4-3 road loss to Oregon. Saturday's match with the Eagles will be BSU's home opener.

Utah rallied from a 6-1 home loss to start its campaign with a 5-2 road victory over Oregon and a pair of neutral-site wins, 4-3 over Cal Poly and 5-2 versus San Francisco.

"This weekend will be a great chance for us to play some ranked teams and some really tough players," interim head coach Darren Haworth said.

"It will be nice to compete well against both these teams leading into our first conference match of the season the following weekend (Feb. 16 at Portland State)."

 

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 five nationally-ranked squads are on the slate, including four straight right off the bat. In addition to its matches on Jan. 19 with No. 50 Washington State and on Jan. 27 with 70th-ranked Washington, the Eagles take on Boise State on Saturday (Feb. 9) and Utah on Sunday (Feb. 10).

Down the line, the Eagles will face 57th-ranked 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 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, most likely Knox.

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 Saturday (Feb. 9).

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