April 1, 2013

Eagles Fall to Aggies in First Outdoor Home Match of the Year

Eastern sees six-match winning streak come to an end on Easter Sunday

After three-straight wins on the road, the Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team returned home to Cheney, Wash., on Easter Sunday for a non-conference dual against New Mexico State. 

With sunny, clear skies, Eastern was able to play on its outdoor courts for the first time this season, but the team did not end up with the result it wanted, as EWU fell to the Aggies, 5-0.

Coming into the home match, the Eags had won six outings in a row, including four in Big Sky Conference play. But with the loss on Sunday (March 31), EWU falls to 8-10 on the year. 

Eastern’s No. 1 pair of Joseph Cohen and Eduardo Martinez lost their first match in nearly a month, falling to Luis Ramirez and Marc Westgate, 8-5. The Eagle duo had won its previous five matches in that op spot.

Tomas Aranguiz and Kyle Koetje dropped their match at No. 3 by a score of 8-4, resulting in an early 1-0 lead for New Mexico State. 

The Aggies then went on to win it all with victories at No. 3, 4, 5 and 6 singles.

Cohen was actually ahead in his match at No. 1, 6-3, 1-0, but it was called as soon as NMST clinched.

Aranguiz was bested by Germain Degardin at No. 3, 6-0, 6-1, while Koetje and Farrar both lost by the same 6-1, 6-1 score at No. 4 and 6, respectively.

Freshman Eduardo Bringold was able to take a few games off his opponent at No. 5, but ended up conceding, 6-3, 6-1.

Eastern will be back in action on Saturday (April 6) to take on Big Sky rival Sacramento State, who comes to Cheney with a 6-1 league record.

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