After tough loss to cross-town rival, Eastern turns attention to anticipated Big Sky Conference debut
Eastern at Idaho State
Friday, Feb. 22 | 2 p.m. PST
Reed Gym | Pocatello, Idaho
Eastern at Weber State
Sunday, Feb. 24 | 11 a.m. PST
Ogden Athletic Club | Ogden, Utah
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team battled Gonzaga late into the night on Tuesday (Feb. 19) in Spokane, Wash., but the Eagles ended up falling to the Bulldogs, 6-1. EWU had won the previous three matchups against GU.
Sophomore Joseph Cohen provided the one win for EWU, as he downed GU’s Alvaro Nazal at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-3. Cohen is now 3-3 on the season in dual matches.
Senior Kyle Koetje played at No. 2 singles for the first time this year, and took Olivier Jamin to three sets. But after winning the opener handily, 6-1, Koetje dropped the second and third sets, 6-0, 6-2.
Freshmen Eduardo Bringold, Luke Thompson and Arturo Carpio each dropped their singles matches at 3, 4 and 6, respectively, while sophomore Stefan Farrar also lost in straight sets at No. 5. Eastern was without two of its top players in singles though, as sophomore Eduard Martinez and freshman Tomas Aranguiz had to sit out due to injury.
EWU competed hard in doubles, winning five games at No. 1 and six at No. 3. But GU was able to outlast the Eagles in those two matches to take the first point of the night.
Eastern will now turn its attention to Big Sky Conference play, as it heads to Idaho State and Weber State this weekend for the 2013 conference openers.
The Eagles take on ISU Friday (Feb. 22) at 2 p.m. Pacific time in Pocatello, before heading to Ogden to play the Wildcats on Sunday (Feb. 24) at 11 a.m.
Eastern swept the Bengals in the 2012 meeting in Cheney, not dropping a single set to the conference rival. EWU has in fact won the last seven-consecutive matches against ISU, including four 7-0 sweeps.
EWU also defeated Weber State last year, but it was a much closer contest. Due to time constraints, the two teams did not play doubles, but the Eags were able to edge WSU in singles, 4-2. Since 2005, EWU is 5-3 against the Wildcats.
Weber State was picked to finish fourth with 68 votes in the 2013 Big Sky preseason coaches’ poll - just one spot behind Eastern, who garnered 74 votes to come in third. WSU is coming into this match with a 3-5 record on the season.
Idaho State was picked just behind EWU and WSU in fifth with 66 tallies. The Bengals are 2-2 so far in the 2013 campaign, with wins over Utah State and Portland State and two narrow losses against Utah and Weber State.
The top six teams at the end of the regulars season will advance to the 2013 Big Sky Tournament, held April 26-28 in Sacramento, Calif.