Eastern picks up 10th win a row against in-state rival
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team extended two different winning streaks on Tuesday (March 26) in a non-conference matchup against the Redhawks of Seattle U.
Playing on a neutral court in Las Vegas, Nev., the Eagles topped SU, 6-1, for the team’s fourth-consecutive win of the 2013 campaign, and the 10th-straight against the Redhawks.
EWU improves to 6-9 overall, while Seattle drops to 1-15. SU’s only win this season came against Big Sky newcomer Southern Utah, which Eastern will face on Wednesday (March 27) in Cedar City, Utah.
A trio of Eastern sophomores were especially strong in the match against SU. London, England native Joseph Cohen made quick work of his opponent at No. 1 singles, earning a 6-0, 6-1 decision, which marked Cohen’s sixth-straight singles win for EWU in the top spot.
Sophomore Eduardo Martinez won his third singles match in a row to improve his overall season record to just over .500 at 7-6. Martinez downed Seattle’s Zach Kosanke, 6-4, 6-4.
Sophomore Stefan Farrar was also dominant in his match at No. 6, earning a 6-1, 6-0 victory against Gus Orlando. Farrar is now 6-4 in the 2013 campaign - the third Eagle with a winning singles record.
Freshman Tomas Aranguiz also won in straight sets at No. 3, 6-2, 6-4, while senior Kylie Koetje outlasted his opponent in a tough three-setter. After dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Koetje rallied for a 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) victory at No. 4.
The successful run through singles play started with a strong effort in doubles, as EWU swept the doubles matches. Cohen and Martinez prevailed at No. 1, 8-6, while freshmen Eduardo Bringold and Aaron Lince recorded an 8-5 victory at No. 2.
Aranguiz and Koetje provided the most dramatic win of the day, as the duo edged SU’s Ian Clare and Flavio Malgutti in a tiebreaker at No. 3, 9-8 (7-2).