April 14, 2008

Eagles Close Out Regular Season

April 14, 2008

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The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team, in the midst of one of its best seasons in school history, will close out its home schedule at 2 p.m. on Tuesday (April 15) against Hawai'i (2-16).

The Eagles will then play its final two regular-season matches on Saturday (April 19) in Moscow, Idaho. Eastern will take on Lewis-Clark State (8-7) at noon before facing the host Vandals (14-8) at 3 p.m.

Eastern Washington (8-11, 4-4 Big Sky Conference) has equaled the overall and league win totals of last year's squad (8-15, 4-3 BSC). The last time an Eagle team attained nine overall wins was in 1993 (10-8).

Earlier this year, EWU had a six-match winning streak (Feb. 16-March 8), which was the team's longest since the 1993 Eastern squad took eight straight decisions to start that season.

The Record Books Get Rewritten

Incredibly, five Eagles are among the top seven on the Eastern Washington career singles wins chart. Kasey Knox is in the second spot with 35 victories (Tina Dlouhy (1993-96) holds the record with 40 wins).

In fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively, are Rachel Berger (30), Kerstyn Dolack (28), Amanda Mankovits (25) and Marie Demerath (23).

Where's the Match?

Home tennis matches will take place outside at the Sports and Recreation tennis courts, located directly to the southeast of the varsity soccer field.

Rain or cold temperatures will, however, move matches indoors to the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse, located directly to the south of Reese Court, the home for Eastern's volleyball and basketball teams. The Fieldhouse is located on the bottom floor of the facility right behind the racquetball courts.

Time to Decide a Champion

Eastern Washington will take part in the six-team Big Sky Conference Championship from April 25-27 at the Gold River Racquet Club in Gold River, Calif., just outside of Sacramento.

The Eagles have clinched a berth in the field and will be either a fourth or fifth seed. The 3-6 seeds will play on the first date (3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5) with the two winners taking on the top two seeds the following day. The title match takes place on the final day.

Top-Notch Schedule for Eagles in 2008

The Eagles are taking on top competition in 2008, as five nationally-ranked squads were on the slate, including four straight right off the bat. In addition to those matches with No. 50 Washington State, No. 70 Washington, No. 42 Boise State and No. 67 Utah, Eastern Washington took on 46th-ranked Sacramento State.

Also, three nationally-ranked singles players took on Eagles, as did 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) defeated Sarah Leuenberger, 6-1, 6-3, on Feb. 9.

In doubles play, the 40th-ranked team of Polina Kokoulina and Pichitira Thongdach of Boise State topped Knox and Amanda Mankovits, 8-2, on Feb. 9.

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