Jan. 23, 2009
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team continued its challenging stretch of playing three ranked teams in its first five contests of 2009 – all in a 15-day stretch – with a 7-0 road loss to No. 47 Denver in that team’s season-opening contest.
The Friday evening (Jan. 23) match saw an engaging contest at No. 1 doubles, where Eastern’s Nico Riego de Dios and Kyle Schraeder outlasted Denver’s Martin Zimmerman and Benny Althaus 9-8 in an dramatic battle.
Unfortunately for the Eagles (2-3), Denver had already clinched the doubles point by the time that contest met its exciting conclusion, claiming 8-4 and 8-6 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, respectively.
The Pioneers (1-0), an NCAA Championship entrant last year, then ran through the singles contests, winning each in straight sets. The best Eastern performance came courtesy of Kenneth Norling, who took his opponent to 6-4, 6-3 before falling.
Eastern Washington continues its busy weekend with a morning contest against Air Force (0-2) on Saturday (Jan. 24). First serve is set for 9 a.m. Pacific Time. The Eagles will wrap up their weekend in the Rocky Mountains with their first Big Sky Conference match of the season, at 8 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 25) versus Northern Colorado (0-0).
Eastern Washington vs Denver
Jan 23, 2009 at Denver, Colo.
#47 Denver 7, Eastern Washington 0
1. #84 SIMSON, David (DU) def. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-2
2. ZIMMERMAN, Martin (DU) def. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) 6-0, 3-0, retired
3. ALTHAUS, Benny (DU) def. Karas, Art (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-2
4. WEIHS, Yannick (DU) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 6-3, 6-3
5. GUNNARSSON, Johan (DU) def. Norling, Kenneth (EWU-M) 6-4, 6-3
6. DHATT, Rajvot (DU) def. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) 6-0, 6-1
1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. ZIMMERMAN, Martin/ALTHAUS, Benny (DU) 9-8
2. GUNNARSSON, Johan/SIMSON, David (DU) def. NORLING, Kenneth/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) 8-4
3. DHATT, Rajvot/WEIHS, Yannick (DU) def. PEZ, Daniel/ANDERSON, Kevin (EWU-M) 8-6
Eastern Washington 2-3
Denver 1-0; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5,4)