Eagles Upend Gonzaga, 4-3
Eastern sweeps doubles matches en route to big win over Bulldogs
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team was on the court for more than four hours Tuesday night at the Spokane Racquet Club in Spokane, Wash., but the Eagles prevailed with an exciting 4-3 decision over Gonzaga. The match featured three tiebreakers and two three-setters.
With the win, Eastern evened its overall season record to 4-4, while the Bulldogs dropped to 2-7 in the 2011 campaign.
EWU got off to a strong start with three dominating performances in doubles play. Eastern's No. 2 and No. 3 pairs won 8-1, while the No. 1 duo of sophomore Kyle Koetje and junior Stefan Simikic bested Gonzaga's Scott Sullivan and Zhia Hwa Chong, 8-4.
Eastern extended its lead to 2-0 when freshman Mario Navarro won in straight sets at No. 2 singles. He beat GU's Kevin Eischen, 6-4, 7-5.
The Bulldogs managed to get one point back when Sullivan defeated Simikic at No. 4. Simikic lost the first set, 6-2, but battled in the second to force a tiebreaker. However, Sullivan triumphed with a 10-8 decision.
Junior Julian Sanchez played a tight match with Conor Feeney at No. 3 singles, but Sanchez had the upper hand, defeating Feeney in three sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.
Junior Chad Henninger clinched the match for EWU with his victory at No. 6 singles. He bested Jake Davis, 6-2, 6-3.
The Bulldogs would go on to win at No. 1 and No. 5 singles, as sophomore Fernando Mussolini fell in the top spot, 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-4 and Koetje dropped a very narrow match to Chong, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.
The Eagles will return to Big Sky Conference action this weekend, as they travel to Ogden on Friday (Feb. 25) to take on Weber State, followed by a match against Idaho State in Pocatello on Sunday (Feb. 27).