Eagles Show Improvement At Boise State Classic

Boise, Idaho – The Eastern Washington men's tennis team continued tournament play this weekend at the Boise State Classic, sqauring off with a number of familiar regional foes.

"I was really happy with the effort our guys put out this weekend," head coach Darren Haworth said. "Luke Thompson and Aaron Lince played really well together in doubles, and I was very impressed with how well Luke Ness competed, being just a freshman. Stefan Farrar and Thompson both had good first-round wins, and Eduardo Bringold also played really well."

Sophomores Thompson and Lince provided the Eagles' strongest performance of the weekend, advancing to the semifinals of the Doubles Orange Draw. The duo took down a tandem from Lewis-Clark State in the first round before edging out a pair from Weber State, 9-8 (7), in the quarterfinals. They eventually fell to a duo from Big Sky foe Idaho State in the semifinal round, 8-5.

The Blue Draw saw sophomore Bringold drop his first-round match only to rebound and soundly defeat Branden Schnieder of Seattle in the consolation flight. Bringold showed tremendous fight in his consolation quarterfinal match against Weber State's Todd Fought, falling in three hard-fought sets (6-2, 3-6, 10-4).

Thompson and freshman Farrar recorded first-round wins in the Orange Draw, defeating opponents from Weber State and Lewis-Clark State, respectively. Lince and freshman Ness fell in their first-round singles matches but responded with tough wins over Nate Chart and Alec Marx, both of Portland State, in the consolation flight, setting up a quarterfinal match against each other. Ness won by default, then fell to Idaho's Filip Fichtel (6-3, 7-6 (5)) in a semifinal match.

Eastern will take a month away from competition before hitting the courts for the Nordstrom Open in Seattle in mid-November.

Blue Draw

Krzsztof Stempien (ISU) def. Wacil Bendjelti 6-0, 6-2
Toby Mitchell (BSU) def. Eduardo Bringold 6-3, 6-2
Landon Barlow (WSU) def. Bendjelti 6-2, 6-1
Bringold def. Branden Schnieder (SU) 6-2, 6-2
Todd Fought (WSU) def. Bringold 6-2, 3-6, 10-4

Orange Draw

Caio Poitena (WSU) def. Aaron Lince 6-1, 6-2
Austin Miller (ISU) def. Luke Ness 6-1, 6-4
Stefan Farrar def. Sonam Phuntsok (LCSC) 7-5, 4-6, 6-4
Sean Levesque (USU) def. Farrar 6-1, 7-5
Luke Thompson def. Dylan Hansel (WSU) 7-5, 6-2
Zach Drost (UM) def. Thompson 6-2, 6-3
Josh Goodwin (ISU) def. Matt Boyle 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
Lince def. Nate Chart (PSU) 6-2, 3-6, 11-9
Ness def. Alec Marx (PSU) 6-2, 7-6
Ness def. Lince Def.
Filip Fichtel (UI) def. Ness 6-3, 7-6 (5)
Alex Braun (UM) def. Boyle 7-5, 6-2

Doubles Blue Draw

Fought/Gewert (WSU) def. Bringold/Bendjelti 8-6

Doubles Orange Draw

Thompson/Lince def. Elsethagen/Wacquez (LCSC) 8-2
Braun/Branzburg (UM) def. Boyle/Ness 8-2
Thompson/Lince def. Poitena/Smith (WSU) 9-8 (7)
Swiggart/Miller (ISU) def. Thompson/Lince 8-5
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