Ogden, Utah – Four members of the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team were able to find singles victories this weekend, as the Eagles matched up with Idaho State on Saturday, Mar. 7, and Weber State on Sunday, Mar. 8, falling in both matches by the scores of 4-3 and 6-1, respectively.
In Eastern's Saturday morning match against the Bengals, juniors Eduardo Bringold and Luke Thompson both found victories over their respective opponents in the fourth and fifth positions. Against ISU's Goodwin, Thompson was able to battle back to an exciting three-set 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 comeback victory, while Bringold earned a two-set win over Duffin 6-3, 6-4. Eastern's third point of the day came from senior Stefan Farrar who defeated Austin Miller, 6-1, 6-1, in the sixth position.
The Eagles' fourth player to add a singles win to their individual record was sophomore Robert Dula, who defeated Weber State's Gewert in an extensive three-set match by a score of 4-6, 6-4, 11-9, to earn EWU's only point over the Wildcats.
In the doubles portion of both matches, Eastern was able to find a single win, but not the overall point. Against Weber State the combination of Dula and redshirt junior Eduardo Martinez earned an intense 7-5 victory over WSU's pairing of Cooper and Goswami. Against the Bengals, Bringold and junior Wacil Bendjelti found a win over ISU's doubles team of Miller and Miller, 6-4.
"We should have done a lot better against Idaho State," said head coach Steve Clark, "We won right away at number six, and then at four, but at one Robert had a tough match that just didn't go his way. We just have to learn from it and not let matches slip away. We also had a good fight against Weber State. I'm not big on moral victories, but the score overall doesn't reflect the battles that went on. We had four three-setters and were in position for the doubles point, and it could have easily ended 5-2 us."
Eastern will come back home for their next two matches facing Montana State on Friday, Mar. 13, at 3:00 p.m., and Sacramento State on Saturday, Mar. 14, also at 3:00 p.m.