Irvine, Calif. - At the start of a six-game road trip, senior Stefan Farrar of the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team was the only player to earn a singles win as the Eagles fell to 75th ranked UC Irvine, 6-1, on Saturday, Mar. 21.
During the lengthy battle with Anteaters, Farrar, playing in the sixth position, defeated redshirt freshman Andrew Gong in a three-set comeback match, 2-6, 6-3, 10-5, earning Eastern's only point on the afternoon. Additionally, junior Eduardo Bringold (6-2, 6-3) and freshman Vuk Vuckovic (6-3, 6-2) both played two close matches with their respective opponents.
"We had a tough match today at UC Irvine, my old stomping grounds in coaching in Southern Calif.," said head coach Steve Clark, "They were certainly formidable and aggressive. Our doubles match was anyone's at number one but, we fell significantly short at two and three. Our singles got off to a slow start at various positions, but Dula at one, gained momentum in the second set, only to fall in two. We were up in the fourth slot, with Thompson serving 4-2,40-15, before his elbow gave out, forcing him to retire. Vuckovic's and Bringold's matches were close as well."
The Eagles will be back to action on Sunday, Mar. 22, making the short trip to face UC Riverside at 10:00 a.m., before facing Southern Utah, a day later on Monday, Mar. 23, at 10:00 a.m.