Eastern will meet the likes of Oregon, Portland State and St. Mary's on three-day, three-match road trip
Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
Feb. 12 - at Oregon - 1 p.m.
Feb. 13 - at Portland State - TBA
Feb. 14 - vs. St. Mary's in Eugene, Ore. - 10 a.m.
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team will hit the road this weekend to play three matches in the state of Oregon, including its first Big Sky Conference match of the season against Portland State.
The Eagles will first match-up with the Oregon Ducks on Friday (Feb. 12) in Eugene, Ore., with the match set to begin at 1 p.m. The team will then make the short trip up to Portland, Ore., on Saturday (Feb. 13) to take on the Portland State Vikings in the first Big Sky match of the season for Eastern. Match time has yet to be announced.
The Eagles will wrap up their weekend road trip on Sunday (Feb. 14) against the St. Mary's Gaels in Eugene, with match time set for 10 a.m.
The Ducks are 5-1 overall on the season, with their only loss coming at the hands of No. 22 Boise State. The Vikings are 2-4 overall on the season, and are 1-0 in the Big Sky with a 5-2 win over Montana State on Feb. 6. The Gaels have yet to win a match so far this season, beginning the dual-match season 0-6.
After this road trip, the Eagles will be at home for four matches and won't travel again until Mar. 12.
Eastern went 1-1 this past week, moving its overall record to 2-1 on the season. The Eagles swept Whitworth University 7-0 on Feb. 3 and lost a close match 4-3 against local rival Gonzaga University on Feb. 7.
Three Of A Kind: Chad Henninger, Flavio Malagutti and Fernando Mussolini are all 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.
Eastern Tennis -- http://goeags.com/sports/m-tennis/index
Stats & Results -- http://goeags.com/sports/m-tennis/2009-10/statistics/teamstat.htm
Big Sky Conference Tennis -- http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=tennis2&path=mten
NCAA Tennis -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-tennis/ncaa-m-tennis-body.html
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