Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team battled with league-leading Montana State, and Sacramento State, picking up the early in doubles point in both competitions as the Eagles fell in the intense matches by the scores of 4-3 and 6-1, respectively.
"Thanks to the fans for coming out to see the Eagles this weekend," said head coach Steve Clark, "I have no doubt the guys care on this team. I have no doubt they will get up and re-enter the fray. We have no choice but to have firm resolve and to battle once again, hopefully to learn from our mistakes."
As the Eagles faced the Bobcats and Hornets in the middle of the 2015 season, Eastern was able to rush out to an early 1-0 lead in both matches as four separate doubles combinations earned wins this weekend.
Against on Montana State, in a rigorous back and forth meeting, the pairings of sophomore Robert Dula and junior Eduardo Martinez (7-6 (3)), and juniors Eduardo Bringold and Wacil Bendjelti (7-6(8))fought and won two incredibly close, extended matches to open up the day.
On the following day, against Sacramento State, the combinations of freshman Vuk Vuckovic and Bendjelti, and junior Luke Thompson and sophomore Luke Ness defeated their opponents by the scores of 7-6 (8-6) and 7-5, respectively.
In addition to the four doubles wins, Bringold and Thompson were the only two players to pick up singles victories over the course of the weekend. Despite falling in both matches, several other Eastern players, including Dula, Bendjelti, Vuckovic, and sophomore Rendell Burghart, played incredibly close three-set singles match.
"My mantra is: 'If you always give your best, you will sometimes play your best and one time be the best.' How 'giving your best' looks varies," said Clark, "We tried this weekend, but did not give our best. Our best includes not just physical, tactical, and technical effort, but also emotional and mental best. The best we need to give has to be a better best. This has to be our goal moving forward, and if we can do that, the rest will take care of itself."
The Eagles will return to action next weekend where they will travel to California to face Clark's former team, UC Irvine on Saturday, Mar. 21, at 4 p.m., and UC Riverside on Sunday, Mar. 22, at 10 a.m.