April 6, 2012

Come-From-Behind Victory by Henninger Helps Eagles Top Weber State

Eagles move into third place in the Big Sky Conference with win in key match

The road to the postseason just became a little clearer for the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team.

Behind a thrilling, come-from-behind, three-set victory by Chad Henninger, the Eagles (10-7, 4-1 Big Sky) downed visiting Weber State (9-10, 5-3) by a score of 4-2 at the outdoor courts in Cheney. Only singles matches were played due to inclement weather and time limitations.

The Eagles now sit in third place in the conference with three matches left, including a big showdown at league-leading Montana on April 14.

Henninger defeated WSU's David Hintze 7-5, 4-6, 6-4. After falling behind 1-4 in the final set, Henninger pulled it all together to win five consecutive games to claim the match.

"Coming back from 1-4 in the third set to clinch the win is something special," said men's head tennis coach Darren Haworth. "It was a great match between two seniors who have a lot of experience."

Ilija Cuic (No. 2) and Mario Navarro (No. 3) both won their respective matches by a score of 6-4, 6-2. Kyle Koetje earned Eastern's other team point, as he won No. 6 by a score of 6-3, 6-4.

"The guys came out and fought hard against a solid Weber team," said Haworth. "Weber has already clinched a playoff berth, so the pressure was on us."

Eastern's next match will be in Cheney on Sunday (April 8) against Northern Arizona. As of now, the matches are to be played outside, but depending on weather it could change.

"We've got to continue to play smart, high-percentage tennis the rest of the season," said Haworth. "NAU is going to be very tough and we need to come out ready to play."

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