Young Eagle Squad Has Positive Experience at ITA Northwest Regionals

Eastern celebrates a few quality wins at competitive tournament in Moraga, Calif.

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The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team had three busy days (Oct. 19-21) at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northwest Regional Championships in Moraga, Calif. At this event, the Eagles competed alongside individuals from 16 other schools, including five teams that were ranked among the top 75 in the nation at the end of the 2011-12 year.

“We get to see some of the best players in the country at this tournament,” said EWU head coach Darren Haworth. “Our players are exposed to a new level of tennis that they might not have seen before, which is really beneficial because it inspires them to work harder and push themselves on a daily basis.”

Along with Eastern, the other schools that make up the ITA Northwest Region include California, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Oregon, Pacific, Portland, Portland State, Sacramento State, Saint Mary's, San Francisco, San Jose State, Santa Clara, Stanford, UC Davis, Washington and Washington State.

Eastern had one player record a win in the opening round of the main draw on Friday (Oct. 19), as sophomore Joseph Cohen took down Eric Cedarwall from Pacific in three sets, 6-0, 1-6, 6-4.

In the round of 64, Cohen was pitted against senior Matt Kandath of Stanford, who played No. 2 and 3 singles for the ninth-ranked Cardinal during the 2011-12 campaign. Cohen was defeated in straight sets, but not before taking four games off Kandath in the first set and two in the second.

“Joseph has continued to play better and better throughout the fall,” complimented Haworth. “He had a great win in the first round of this tournament, and then competed really well against the No. 2 from Stanford. He is starting to serve better and put better points together. I am really impressed with the way is game is starting to come around.”

Sophomore Eduardo Martinez and freshmen Eduardo Bringold and Tomas Aranguiz also had success in singles action, as each player recorded at least one win in the consolation bracket.

Martinez topped San Francisco’s Johan Samuelsson, 6-4, 6-2, while Bringold prevailed in a three-set match against UC Davis freshman Mitch Thorp. Bringold lost the first set, 6-2, but rallied for a dominant 6-0 effort in the second and then won the matchbreaker, 10-6.

Aranguiz won both his matches on Saturday and Sunday, defeating two players from the Pac-12 Conference. The rookie from Chino, Calif., knocked off Oregon’s Brent Chin in a nail-biting match, with set scores of 3-6, 7-6 (5), 1-0 (8). Aranguiz then beat Jordan Smith of Cal also in three sets, 3-6, 6-0 1-0 (7).

“Tomas came away with two really good wins,” said Haworth. “He is starting to play at the level I knew he was capable of, and will only continue to improve.”

In doubles action, Cohen and Martinez had a dominating performance in the consolation bracket against Portland’s Jackson Martin and Justin Guay, as the Eagle duo won, 8-1. In the next round, Eastern played a different pair from Portland, but this time, the Eagles were edged out, 9-8 (3).

Aranguiz and partner Kyle Koetje also picked up a win in the doubles consolations, defeating Washington’s Nico Lunardi and Raman Rishabdev, 8-4.

Eastern will have one more competition in the fall season, when it travels to Seattle, Wash., for the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiates Nov. 2-4.

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