After five-straight road matches, Eastern will return for matches against Northern Colorado on Saturday and Idaho on Sunday
Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
Feb. 20 - Northern Colorado at Thorpe Fieldhouse - 1 p.m.
Feb. 21 - Idaho at Thorpe Fieldhouse - 1 p.m.
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team returns home this week after five-straight road matches and looks to snap its four-match losing streak against Northern Colorado on Saturday (Feb. 20) and Idaho on Sunday (Feb. 21). Both matches will begin at 1 p.m. Pacific time in the Thorpe Fieldhouse on the EWU campus.
The Northern Colorado Bears have begun the season 0-3, and have yet to earn a point after being shut out in all three contests.
The Idaho Vandals are 6-4 on the year and are coming off a big 4-3 win over No. 74 UNLV in Las Vegas, Nev., on Feb. 12.
The Eagles dropped to 2-4 on the season after going 0-3 this past weekend in Oregon.
The University of Oregon shut out the Eagles on Feb. 12, and in their first Big Sky match-up of the season the Eagles were edged by Portland State 4-3 on Feb 13. Eastern ended its road trip with a 5-2 defeat against St. Mary's College in Eugene, Ore.
Three Of A Kind: Chad Henninger, Flavio Malagutti and Fernando Mussolini all went 3-0 in their first three singles matches of the season.
All three picked up their third win Feb. 7 at Gonzaga, and did so in impressive fashion. In No. 3 singles, Mussolini dropped his first set 4-6 to Roman Dojcak, but stormed back to win the next two sets by a 6-3 score.
In the No. 4 singles spot, Henninger lost a close first set 6-7 to Scott Sullivan, but responded with a close 7-6 victory in the second set and pulled away in the third set with a 6-2 final score.
Like the others, Malagutti dropped his first set in the No. 6 singles spot against Jake Davis, but ended up tying things up by winning the second set 6-3. Malagutti and Davis battled in the third set, and Malagutti emerged with a 13-11 victory.
First time: Eagles freshmen Kyle Koetje, Mussolini, and Malagutti picked up their first singles wins of their career Jan. 31 against Lewis-Clark State.
Mussolini, playing as the No. 3 singles player, defeated Oliver Sindayigaya by the score of 6-3, 7-5. He also teamed-up with partner Julian Sanchez to earn a doubles victory.
Stefan Simikic picked up his first singles victory as an Eagle. Simikic transferred from Boise State, where he posted a 1-2 singles record last season in limited action.
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NCAA Tennis -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-tennis/ncaa-m-tennis-body.html
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