September 20, 2007

Eagle Women's Tennis Starts 2007-08 Campaign

Sept. 20, 2007

The Eastern Washington University women's tennis team, off a breakthrough season, gets its 2007-08 campaign under way this weekend. The Eagles will take part in the Cougar Classic in Pullman, Wash., from Friday-Sunday (Sept. 21-23).

Eastern players participating include Elaine Aragones, Rachel Berger, Marie Demerath, Kerstyn Dolack, Kasey Knox, Sarah Leuenberger, Judy Liening and Amanda Mankovits. The tournament will consist of four singles flights and two doubles flights. Teams participating also include Boise State, Gonzaga, Idaho, Montana, Portland, Washington State and Wyoming. Matches begin at 9 a.m. each day.

"I'm really excited about our first tournament," interim head coach Darren Haworth said. "We've had a great week of practice. The players came in in really good shape and are hitting the ball really well. We have some new additions to the team and this tournament will be a good indicator of where they are going to fill in on our team. I have high expectations for both of them (Leuenberger and Liening), and I think that I am not going to be disappointed with our new players. I also feel very confident that the returning players will do extremely well this weekend."

Last season, the Eagles won eight matches for the first time since the 1993 team went 10-8. The team also had a winning Big Sky Conference mark at 4-3 for the first time in school history. To put that into perspective, the previous five Eagle squads combined won the same number of matches, going 8-70, 4-32 in Big Sky contests.

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