Eagle men looking for fifth win in a row, while women's team aims for first one of the season
After a dominant performance in its Big Sky opener, the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team will try for another one this weekend, as it hosts Idaho State on Saturday at 10 a.m. (Feb. 11) at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
The Eagles beat Northern Colorado, 6-1, in their first league match of the year. The Bengals also picked up a win last weekend in their conference debut against Portland State. With matching 1-0 Big Sky records, EWU and ISU currently top the league standings.
Eastern Washington has won seven consecutive matches against ISU, including its most recent win in 2011 when it topped Idaho State in Pocatello, 5-2.
The Bengals were picked seventh in this year's Big Sky preseason coaches' poll - three spots behind Eastern, which was tabbed fourth with one first-place vote.
The Eagle men currently have two players who are undefeated in the 2011-12 campaign. Senior Chad Henninger is 4-0 in singles, while senior Julian Sanchez is 3-0. Sophomores James Russell and Ilija Cuic also have winning records in their head-to-head duels. Russell owns a 4-2 mark, while Cuic is 3-1, with all three of the wins coming at No. 1.
While the Eagle men take on ISU at home, the women's team will be on the road in Boise, Idaho for a pair of matches against Boise State and Idaho. Eastern plays BSU on Friday (Feb. 10), before taking on Idaho on Saturday (Feb. 11).
The women will be looking for their first win of the 2011-12 season. Most recently, Eastern suffered a 6-1 loss to Northern Colorado in its Big Sky Conference opener.
The Eagles are led this year by freshman Moira Hedberg, who is 2-1 in singles, with wins over Seattle and UNC. Junior Ryann Warner has also picked up one victory in singles against Seattle.
This weekend's trip to Boise will be a homecoming for junior Chelsea Patton, who grew up in Boise and graduated high school there in 2009. Patton's father, Greg, is the head men's tennis coach at Boise State.