The Eastern Washington men's tennis team hit the road this week for a trio of tough matches against high-caliber opponents, falling at Nevada, UC Davis and Sacramento State.
Eastern (6-9, 2-3 Big Sky) opened the week at Nevada on Sunday, Mar. 23, before facing UC Davis on Monday, Mar. 24. The Eagles wrapped up their trip against Big Sky foe Sacramento State on Tuesday, Mar. 25.
EWU fell to both Nevada and UC Davis by a score of 7-0 before losing to Sacramento State, 6-1.
"The guys competed well over the last few days," head coach Darren Haworth said. "The transition from fast indoor courts to slow outdoor courts is a big change and I thought the guys played hard. I was really pleased with the effort against Sacramento State. The guys know what it is going to take to make the Big Sky Championshiups and are up for the challenge."
Against Nevada on Sunday, freshman Luke Ness was the lone Eagle to extend his singles match to a third set. Playing in the No. 6 position, Ness dropped the first set, 3-6, before rebounding to win the second set, 6-4. He eventually lost in the third set, 10-1.
Ness had another strong showing against UC Davis on Monday, forcing his first set against the Aggies' Adam Levie into a tiebreaker before falling 7-5, 6-2.
Playing their third match in three days, Eastern came out strong against Sacramento State on Tuesday, emphatically winning the doubles point behind victories in the second and third positions.
Ness teamed up with fellow freshman Rendell Burghart to best the Hornets' No. 2 duo, 8-5, while sophomore Eduardo Bringold and freshman Wacil Bendjelti dispatched of Sacrament State's No. 3 pairing, 8-4.
Three of EWU's singles matches against CSUS went three sets, but Sacramento State proved victorious in all three battles. Bringold fell won his first set in the second position before eventually falling 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Sophomore Luke Thompson also won his first set but lost to the Hornets' No. 3 player 6-7, 6-3, 6-2.
Playing in the No. 4 slot, Bendjelti dropped his first set before rebounding to win the second set. He was unable to complete the comeback, however, as Sacramento State's Joaquin Marquez took the third set to win the match 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
EWU is back in action on Saturday, Mar. 29, when it takes on Pac-12 member Washington in Seattle.