November 5, 2012

Eagles Wrap Up Fall Season with Solid Showing at PNW Intercollegiates

Freshman Tomas Aranguiz and senior Kyle Koetje advance to the semifinals in their respective consolation brackets

The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team concluded its 2012 fall season at the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiates, held Nov. 2-4 in Seattle, Wash. Eastern sent seven players to the three-day tournament on the west side, and six of those seven individuals picked up at least one win.

Highlighting the Eagle performances were freshman Tomas Aranguiz and senior Kyle Koetje, who each recorded two singles wins at the event. Playing in the more competitive “Pacific” draw, Aranguiz won back-to-back matches on Saturday (Nov. 3) against two opponents from Big Sky foe Portland State.

He beat PSU’s Lukas Kortas in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, and then after earning a bye in the second round, outlasted Alex Marx, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, in the quarterfinals. His run finally came to an end in the semifinals, when he dropped a narrow three-setter to Daneil Sardu of Oregon - a team ranked in the top 75 in the nation at the end of the 2011-12 season.

Koetje had a similar run in the “Northwest” consolation bracket, as he earned two-straight victories against Portland State’s Dillon Triance and Seattle’s Ian Clare. Koetje opened with a 6-2, 6-2 decision over Triance, and then battled through an arduous quarterfinal matchup with Clare. Koetje won the first set, 6-4, but Clare evened the score with a 6-3 victory in the second. In a nail-biting matchbreaker, Koetje prevailed 12-10.

Sophomore Stefan Farrar and freshman Eduardo Bringold also enjoyed success, as the only two Eagles to pick up a win on the first day in the main draws. Playing in the “Northwest” bracket, Farrar upended Seattle’s Kyle Rapp, 6-3, 6-2, before falling to Aaron Clissold of Oregon, who played in the top six for the Ducks the last three seasons.

“Stefan shows a lot of heart when he plays,” said EWU head coach Darren Haworth. “He doesn’t have as much tennis experience as most of the other guys out there, but he fights hard. He had a good win to open the tournament, and then played some really great, long points against a tough opponent from Oregon.”

Bringold also won his initial matchup in straight sets, besting Zach Lubek of Portland State, 6-3, 6-0.

In doubles action, sophomores Eduardo Martinez and Joseph Cohen celebrated a victory on Friday (Nov. 2) in the competitive “Pacific” draw. The Eagle duo took down Jason Bediones and Kevin Lynch of Seattle, 8-4.

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