Men’s Tennis Sweeps Whitworth and Spokane CC in Home Double Header Debut

Men’s Tennis Sweeps Whitworth and Spokane CC in Home Double Header Debut

Cheney, Wash – The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team earned its first two wins of the 2015 season this weekend when it swept both Whitworth and Spokane Community College in a double header at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse on Saturday, Feb. 7.

The 11 a.m. match against Whitworth featured some of the largest attendance for a home tennis match at Eastern.

En route to earning two perfect 7-0 score lines in its home debut, Eastern (2-4) was able to play stellar tennis that included excellent performances from every single player on the roster.

In the opening match of the day against Whitworth, sophomore Robert Dula and freshman Vuk Vuckovic were able to earn some of the most notable victories in the morning competition. In the number one singles position, Dula was able to earn a solid 6-1, 6-1 victory over Brigham, while Vuckovic defeated Engelmann 6-3, 6-3. Additionally, both Dula and Vuckovic were paired up for number one doubles and earned the terminator point over Whitworth's Brigham and Sandlin.

Juniors Eduardo Bringold (6-2, 7-5), Eduardo Martinez (6-0, 7-5), and Wacil Bendjelti (6-2, 6-2), as well as sophomore Luke Thompson (6-2, 6-0), also earned wins against the Pirates.

In the final match of the afternoon, EWU was able to earn its second victory over Spokane Community College. Vuckovic, taking the place of Dula in the number one slot, earned a 6-0, 6-0 terminator win over Pouya Tanouri. Bringold, Martinez, Bendjelti, Thompson, and sophomore Rendell Burghart all contributed as well to Eastern's 7-0 win over SCC.

"The guys played well for the most part this afternoon," said head coach Steve Clark, "Dula and Vuk had multiple terminator awards, for getting off the court first with a win. Martinez also did well with doubles. Every player today came away with wins, but the team's footwork and shot selection looked better too. It was particularly encouraging to see the wins and the attendance today."

Hoping to continue the momentum gained from today's matches, the Eagles are scheduled for a week long bye before opening up Big Sky Conference play against Northern Colorado at home on Friday, Feb. 20, at 2:00 p.m. 

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