March 30, 2014

Dula Nearly Topples Washington's Top Player As Men's Tennis Falls To Huskies

Seattle, Wash. - The Eastern Washington men's tennis team squared off with Pac-12 member Washington on Saturday, Mar. 29, falling to the host Huskies in a nonconference match.

Eastern (6-10) dropped a 7-0 decision to Washington at the Nordstrom Tennis Center, but freshman Robert Dula went toe-to-toe with the Huskies' No. 1 player, Emmett Egger, displaying a tremendous amount of fight.

"It was a great experience for our team to go over to Seattle and play Washington," head coach Darren Haworth said. "Robert played some incredible tennis and had some chances to beat a great player."

Dula took the first set from Egger, 6-4, before dropping the second frame, 1-6, as the match went into a third set. The two players went back and forth for the duration of the third set with Egger ultimately winning out (4-6, 6-1, 11-9).

Washington won the doubles point to start the match, winning in the first and second positions while the third match went unfinished with a score of 7-4.

Freshmen Wacil Bendjelti and Matt Boyle stole a pair of games in each set of the fourth and fifth singles matches while classmate Rendell Burghart put up a fight in the first set of the No. 6 singles match before falling 6-3, 6-1.

EWU returns to the court on Saturday, Apr. 5, when it takes on Dam Cup rival Portland State in Portland, Ore. Match time is set for 6 p.m.

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