Coming off first Big Sky win of the season, Eagles now turn attention to non-conference matchup against Lutes
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team will continue its four-match home stand this Friday (March 8) with a non-conference dual against Pacific Lutheran. Play begins at 3 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash.
In its last home outing, the Eagles celebrated their first Big Sky win of the season with a 5-2 decision over Northern Colorado. The Eagles now own a 3-9 record in the 2013 campaign.
Eastern will get back to league play next Tuesday (March 12) with another home match against Big Sky newcomer North Dakota. But for now, EWU is focused on the Division III rival that visits Cheney tomorrow.
Pacific Lutheran, which competes in the Northwest Conference, comes in with an impressive 5-1 record on the year. But the Lutes have yet to play a Division I opponent.
Friday's meeting will be the first in 20 years between EWU and PLU. The last time the two teams played was in 1993, when the Lutes upended the Eagles in Cheney, 6-1. In fact, in nine meetings between 1973-1993, Pacific Lutheran earned an 8-1 record against EWU.
Friday’s dual is also one of 12 home matches for EWU this season, which is the most the Eagles have had in more than two decades.
Men’s Tennis Notes
- Sophomore Joseph Cohen recently earned his second Big Sky Player of the Week honor of the 2013 campaign. Last weekend in EWU’s pair of home matches against league-leading Montana State and fifth-place Northern Colorado, Cohen went 2-0 at No. 1 singles. He cruised past MSU’s Niklas Brandes, 6-3, 6-1, and then led EWU to its first conference win of the year against UNC, when he downed Brando Lupo in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2. Cohen was also named POW on Jan. 29 after another 2-0 weekend at No. 1 singles, which included a big win against nationally-ranked Oregon.
- Due to various injuries and a very young roster that features nine newcomers, EWU has not been able to field a completely consistent lineup through the first half of the 2013 campaign. Eastern has had eight different players play in at least one singles match, while seven of those players have appeared in two or more different spots in the lineup. Senior Kyle Koetje represents the only member of the team that has played both doubles and singles in all 12 matches to date. Freshmen Tomas Aranguiz and Eduardo Bringold have played in 11 of 12.
- While there has been some shuffling to the lineup, EWU has been particularly strong at No. 1 singles this year, with a 7-5 record. Sophomore Joseph Cohen is 5-3 in the top spot, while fellow sophomore Eduardo Martinez has gone 2-2 playing there.
- Eastern has five freshmen and four sophomores on its 2013 roster. EWU entered the 2013 season with just one returning letterwinner in Kyle Koetje, who also happens to be the only upperclassman on the roster.