Cedar City, Utah – The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team, using solid doubles and singles performances, was able to sweep Southern Utah, 7-0, on Monday, Mar. 23, after facing UC Riverside a day before on Sunday, Mar. 22.
In the match up with the Thunderbirds, the Eagles did not drop a single match throughout the afternoon, while also not allowing any singles matches to go to three sets. In doubles, the pairings of sophomore Luke Ness and senior Stefan Farrar, were the first off of the court, earning the terminator point, defeating their opponents Rios and Olcott by a score of 6-1. In singles, junior Eduardo Martinez, in the first position, also earned a terminator point by earning a dominant 6-0, 6-1 win over SUU's best player in Spencer.
En route to Eastern's 7-0 win over Southern Utah several other players earned wins including, freshman Vuk Vuckovic, junior Eduardo Bringold, sophomore Wacil Bendjelti, sophomore Rendell Burghart and Farrar.
A day before Monday's victory, the Eagles matched up with UC Riverside, falling in a close, challenging match by the score of 4-3. Martinez earned his second terminator point of the weekend by securing a 6-1, 7-6(1) win over Bridge in the second position. Also earning points for Eastern, Bringold and Burghart earned a 3-6, 7-5, 15-11 win, and a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win, respectively. Additionally, sophomore Robert Dula earned a first set win against his opponent, Ruffin, before having to retire due to injury, giving the Highlanders the first position point.
"We had every chance to win the match against UC Riverside," said head coach Steve Clark, "We won at two, four and six, while Dula won his first set before cramping up, making him unable to finish his match. Against Southern Utah we had to move guys around due to multiple injuries. Overall it was a good match for everyone to get some work in, despite the injuries."
Eastern will be back in action two days from now, facing fellow Big Sky Conference member Northern Arionza in Flagstaff, Ariz., on Wedneday, Mar. 25, at 10:00 a.m.