Portland, Ore. – For the final game before the Eastern Washington University men's tennis team's three-game home slate to close out the year, the Eagles readily defeated Portland State by the score of 6-1 on Friday, Apr. 4.
In the opening moments of the match, sophomore Robert Dula and junior Eduardo Martinez defeated Tierney and Risenhoover in an extensive 7-6 (7-5) win, clinching an early 1-0 lead for the Eagles by securing the initial doubles point after junior Eduardo Bringold and sophomore Rendell Burghart tied the series 1-1 early in the day.
In singles, five Eagle players had success, including sophomore Wacil Bendjelti, who earned a fantastic three-set win in the fourth position, surging back after falling behind early to earn the win, 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. In the second and sixth slots, freshman Vuk Vuckovic and senior Stefan Farrar both defeated their opponents, 6-4, 6-3, and 6-3, 6-3, respectively. Additionally, Dula overcame PSU's best player in Tierney, 6-1, 6-2, before Bringold found a solid three-set win in the fifth position, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1.
"In doubles, there were some pretty tentative matches, but credit to Portland State for stepping up and challenging us," said head coach Steve Clark, "There was some seriously good tennis in doubles with some pretty good ball striking, and we came out on top. Going up 1-0 after doubles, something that has happened a few times this year, it was important for the guys to step up. It was a great overall performance for us before we face North Dakota."
The Eagles will play their next three matches at home to close out the season, first facing North Dakota on Fri, Apr. 10, at 1:00 p.m., before going head-to-head with Montana on Sunday, Apr. 12, at 10:30 a.m., and Idaho on Wednesday, Apr. 15, at 3:00 p.m.