Seattle, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team battled Washington in a tough weekend matchup that featured the Eagles challenging the Huskies in each position, particularly in doubles, but ended up falling by a final score of 7-0, on Saturday, Jan. 31.
The highlight of the afternoon was when EWU's combination of freshman Vuk Vuckovic and sophomore Luke Thompson were able to take down UW's pairing of Borra and Douglas at the number two position in the doubles portion of the match (6-4), in Eastern's only win of the day.
In the six singles matches, the Eagles were able to go head-to-head with several UW players. Sophomore Robert Dula was able to draw a crowd by playing a rigorous three set match with Washington's number one player of Jake Douglas. Despite falling behind early, Dula bounced back with a 6-3 victory in the second set, but eventually fell in the final set, 6-2.
"One of the things about this match is I told the guys we still have yet to play a match where we don't have injuries," said head coach Steve Clark, " When we do get healthy, and get a lot of playing time together, we are going to be way better. They are very excited with the fact that they think they are playing better than they ever have, and even though the score doesn't show it, the quality of the tennis, and the number of sudden death's we have reached has shown it. If we play like we did today, we could have picked up a couple other matches we lost earlier this year."
"We are happy with the way the guys are progressing. In both the singles and doubles, we had some very high quality points. There are plenty of good things to take away from it."
Dula commented on the afternoon by saying, "I definitely think we are playing better as a team. We are doing much better. We definitely believe that we can beat some big time teams. I think if we played like this at the beginning of the season, we would be doing much better."
Eastern will make their home debut in a double header against both Whitworth and Spokane Community College at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse on Feb. 7, at 11:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m., respectively.