Eastern falls to No. 19 Huskies, but bounces back with 5-2 defeat of Redhawks
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team played two non-conference matches over the weekend, and came away with one win and one loss. On Friday (March 11), the Eagles faced one of the top 20 teams in the nation in Washington. The Huskies swept EWU in Seattle, 7-0.
Eastern was victor in its second dual match on the west side, as it beat Seattle, 5-2 on Sunday (March 13) at the Boeing Tennis Club in Kent, Wash.
The Eagles got up early on SU with victories at No. 2 and 3 doubles. Eastern's powerful junior pair of Chad Henninger and Julian Sanchez won at No. 2 doubles by a score of 8-6. The duo has now won seven of its last eight matches, which includes five straight in conference.
Eastern's No. 3 pair of sophomore Chris Eriksson and freshman James Russell has enjoyed similar success, winning eight of the 10 matches played together this season. The duo beat Seattle's Kevin Lynch and Yusuke Kanehira on Sunday, 8-2.
In singles play, sophomore Fernando Mussolini won his eighth match of the year – the most for any Eagle – when he beat SU's David Kovas, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 1 spot.
Freshman Mario Navarro rallied back after dropping his first set to win the match in three over Mark Shkrebtan, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
Junior Stefan Simikic made quick work of his opponent at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-2, and Kyle Koetje was victorious at No. 6 with a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Simon Meske. Koetje has lost only one match played at No. 6 singles this year. He is 6-4 overall on the season.
In its first match of the weekend, Eastern was a bit overpowered, as the No. 19 Huskies won all nine matches in straight sets. Washington has three players who rank among the top 75 in the nation, as well as one doubles team who is currently ranked 52nd in Division I men's tennis.