Nico Riego de Dios
Nico Riego de Dios
Height: 5-10
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Olongapo City, Philippines
High School: Olongapo City National HS '05
Experience: 3L

Coach Haworth on Riego de Dios: "We have great leadership this year with Nico Riego de Dios. Nico leads by example and has been our best singles player for the last two years. He is a very talented baseliner who is known for grinding his opponents into the ground. We can expect big things from Nico this season."

2008-09: Riego de Dios had 17 singles wins and 18 doubles victories in 2008-09. Riego de Dios was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection and his 17 singles wins are tied with former teammate Art Karas for the second-most singles victories in a single season. His 18 doubles wins with former teammate Kyle Schraeder ranks first in program history for the most in a single season. Riego de Dios enters the 2009-10 season with 36 career singles victories, which is currently fifth all-time.

2007-08: Riego de Dios had a remarkable season in 2008, earning first team All-Big Sky Conference accolades in the process. He was also named the league's Player of the Week on April 8 after a perfect weekend of play versus the Rose City schools, Portland and Portland State. He rallied from behind for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win in a 4-3 defeat over Portland before winning comfortably the next day, 6-2, 6-1, to help EWU to a 7-0 whitewashing of the Vikings in Big Sky play. The team wins were the first two of an eight-match streak Eastern put together. Riego de Dios also teamed with Art Karas for a pair of doubles victories that weekend. The talented duo finished 2008 with 15 wins, tied for the most posted by an Eagle team in school history. The total also places the doubles tandem third on the career victories chart. Riego de Dios will enter 2009 with 19 career singles wins, just two behind the 10th slot. His 19th and final win is one that Eagle tennis fans will remember for years to come, as it completed a dramatic 4-3 win over Sacramento State in the Big Sky championship match, earning EWU its first-ever berth in the NCAA Championship. He sealed the deal with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory.

2006-07: Riego de Dios earned his first Eagle win when he teamed with Patrick Millican for an 8-6 victory in Eastern Washington's 6-1 defeat of Lewis-Clark State. He and Keithan Gregg clinched the doubles point against Utah State with a clutch 9-8 win, which proved vital in Eastern's 4-3 victory over the Aggies. The two also had a convincing 8-2 victory to help EWU topple Idaho State 7-0. Riego de Dios' first collegiate singles win came by 6-3, 6-3 scores in a 4-3 defeat of Scottsdale CC. He had an incredible comeback from 9-5 down in the supertiebreaker for a 7-6, 3-6, (12-10) victory against Portland. A 6-3, 6-3 victory on April 17 helped the Eagles topple their rivals, Gonzaga, by a 5-2 score. Riego de Dios' convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory in a Big Sky Conference quarterfinal match with Weber State helped the Eagles to their first-ever postseason win. He then followed that up in the semifinals with a 6-2, 6-3 victory to help EWU to a 4-0 win over Montana the next day in the Big Sky semifinals.

Personal: Riego de Dios was born Aug. 3, 1987, in Olongapo City, Philippines. He is the son of Rico and Ma. Divina Riego de Dios and is majoring in exercise science.

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