Eagles Suffer Tough Loss in Flagstaff

April 4, 2009

The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team had a Big Sky Conference showdown on its hands on Saturday afternoon (April 4) and came up just short to Northern Arizona, 4-3.

The visiting Eagles had taken early control of the contest by grabbing the doubles point, courtesy of wins at the Nos. 1 and 3 positions. Kyle Schraeder and Nico Riego de Dios pulled out a tight 8-6 decision on the first court, while Kevin Anderson and Art Karas had an even tighter match on court three, prevailing 9-8.

Unfortunately for Eastern, the Lumberjacks rallied in singles to take 4-of-6 contest and the required four team points to defeat the Eagles.

Eastern Washington’s most dominating win of its pair of singles victories was dealt by Julian Sanchez, as he prevailed by 6-4, 6-4 scores on the sixth court. Also winning his singles contest was Kyle Schraeder, as he impressively rallied from a set deficit for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win on the No. 3 court.

Northern Arizona (7-15, 5-1 BSC) took the matches on courts one and two in straight sets and on the fourth and fifth courts in tight three-set affairs.

The Eagles (12-8, 5-2 BSC) will finish up its brief two-match road trip to the state of Arizona with a noon match versus Scottsdale Community College at noon on Sunday (April 5).

Eastern then returns home for the second of its annual home-and-home series with Gonzaga as well as its final Big Sky match of the season against Portland State, to be played at 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday (April 8 and 10), respectively. Those are Eastern Washington’s final home matches of 2009.

Eastern Washington vs Northern Arizona
Apr 04, 2009 at Flagstaff, Ariz.
Northern Arizona 4, Eastern Washington 3

Singles competition

1. REIFF, Andrew (NAU) def. Mam, Pannhara (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-3
2. ARENA, Chris (NAU) def. Riego de Dios, Nico (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-4
3. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. PEZZUTTO, Robin (NAU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. FLODBERG, David (NAU) def. Karas, Art (EWU-M) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
5. VISAGIE, Jaco (NAU) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4
6. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. POWELL, Brelin (NAU) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition

1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. FLODBERG, David/POWELL, Brelin (NAU) 8-6
2. PEZZUTTO, Robin/REIFF, Andrew (NAU) def. PEZ, Daniel/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) 8-4
3. ANDERSON, Kevin/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) def. ARENA, Chris/VISAGIE, Jaco (NAU) 9-8

Eastern Washington 12-8, 5-2 BSC
Northern Arizona 7-15, 5-1 BSC

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