The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team avenged its previous loss this season to Gonzaga on Thursday (March 4) with a 6-1 victory at the Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
The Eagles won five out of six singles matches and won two of three doubles matches to capture the doubles point. Four si ngles matches went into three sets and Eastern won three of them.
The doubles combo of Nico Riego de Dios and Chad Henninger picked up their fourth win of the season and are now a perfect 4-0 on the year. Henninger also picked up his eighth singles win of the season.
Eastern was edged by Gonzaga 4-3 earlier this season in Spokane, Wash. The Eagles improve to 5-5 overall on the season and remain 2-1 in the Big Sky Conference.
"This was a great win for the guys," said head coach Darren Haworth. "It was a true team effort and the guys adapted well to different styles of play. They were able to pull out some close matches."
"Winning three out of four three-set matches says a lot about the good work our strength and conditioning coach Nate (Brookreson) is doing with our players."
The match was the last home match for some time for the Eagles as they hit the road for five-straight road matches - beginning with No. 23 ranked Washington on March 12. The Eagles won't return home until April 9 when they take on Weber State.
Eastern Washington 6, Gonzaga 1
Mar 04, 2010 at Eastern Washington University (Thorpe Fieldhouse)
1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico (EWU-M) def. FEENEY, Conor (GON) 6-4, 6-1
2. DOJCAK, Roman (GON) def. MUSSOLINI, Fernando (EWU-M) 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
3. SIMIKIC, Stefan (EWU-M) def. GUILLERMO, Levin (GON) 6-7, 6-4, 7-5
4. SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. SULLIVAN, Scott (GON) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. HENNINGER, Chad (EWU-M) def. DAVIS, Jake (GON) 6-3, 6-4
6. MALAGUTTI, Flavio (EWU-M) def. EISCHEN, Kevin (GON) 7-6, 5-7, 1-0
1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/HENNINGER, Chad (EWU-M) def. EISCHEN, Kevin/GUILLERMO, Levin (GON) 8-4
2. MUSSOLINI, Fernando/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. SULLIVAN, Scott/DOJCAK, Roman (GON) 8-6
3. DAVIS, Jake/FEENEY, Conor (GON) def. ANDERSON, Kevin/MALAGUTTI, Flavio (EWU-M) 8-7
Eastern Washington 5-5 (2-1 BSC)