Eagles Prepare For Big Sky Match With Bengals

Eastern looks to take big step towards making the conference tournament with a win over Idaho State on Friday

Upcoming Schedule

Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
Feb. 26 - Idaho State at EWU's Thorpe Fieldhouse - 2 p.m.

By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team will look to move up in the Big Sky Conference standings this Friday (Feb. 26) when EWU hosts Big Sky rival Idaho State. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. in the Thorpe Fieldhouse on the EWU campus.

The Eagles, who are 3-5 overall, currently sit in sixth place in the conference with a 1-1 record. The Bengals are 0-2 in the conference and have yet to win five matches into the season.

"The match this Friday is really big," said head coach Darren Haworth. "Idaho State is much improved from the last few years and almost upset Montana State last weekend. The guys are going to have to come out firing on all cylinders and be ready to play. We've made a few changes in the line-up and I feel we are a very strong team. We are still in contention for a top four spot in the conference."

After the clash with the Bengals, the Eagles will meet Gonzaga on March 4 in Cheney before hitting the road for five-straight road matches -- beginning with No. 23 ranked Washington on March 12.

Brazilian Duo: Fernando Mussolini and Flavio Malagutti, both true freshmen from Brazil, have hit the ground running this season and have amassed a 12-3 overall record in singles action.

Mussolini leads all Eagles in singles wins with a 7-1 overall record. Malagutti has the third-most wins on the team with a 5-2 record.

Three Of A Kind: Chad Henninger, Malagutti and Mussolini all went 3-0 in their first three singles matches of the season.

All three picked up their third win Feb. 7 at Gonzaga, and did so in impressive fashion. In No. 3 singles, Mussolini dropped his first set 4-6 to Roman Dojcak, but stormed back to win the next two sets by a 6-3 score.

In the No. 4 singles spot, Henninger lost a close first set 6-7 to Scott Sullivan, but responded with a close 7-6 victory in the second set and pulled away in the third set with a 6-2 final score.

Like the others, Malagutti dropped his first set in the No. 6 singles spot against Jake Davis, but ended up tying things up by winning the second set 6-3. Malagutti and Davis battled in the third set, and Malagutti emerged with a 13-11 victory.

First time: Eagles freshmen Kyle Koetje, Mussolini, and Malagutti picked up their first singles wins of their career Jan. 31 against Lewis-Clark State.

Mussolini, playing as the No. 3 singles player, defeated Oliver Sindayigaya by the score of 6-3, 7-5. He also teamed-up with partner Julian Sanchez to earn a doubles victory.

Stefan Simikic picked up his first singles victory as an Eagle. Simikic transferred from Boise State, where he posted a 1-2 singles record last season in limited action.


Eastern Tennis -- http://goeags.com/sports/m-tennis/index
Stats & Results -- http://goeags.com/sports/m-tennis/2009-10/statistics/teamstat.htm
Big Sky Conference Tennis -- http://bigskyconf.com/index.aspx?tab=tennis2&path=mten
NCAA Tennis -- http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-tennis/ncaa-m-tennis-body.html
More Information and Links are Available at: HTTP://WWW.GOEAGS.COM

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February 20, 2010 - Eagles Break Skid With 7-0 Victory Over Bears
February 14, 2010 - Gaels Defeat Eagles 5-2
February 13, 2010 - Vikings Edge Eagles 4-3 In BSC Opener
February 12, 2010 - Eagles Shut Down 7-0 By Ducks
February 7, 2010 - Bulldogs Sneak Past Eagles 4-3
February 3, 2010 - Eagles Take Care Of Pirates 7-0
January 31, 2010 - Eagles Open 2009-10 Season With 7-0 Victory
January 28, 2010 - SEASON OUTLOOK: Eagles Eager To Begin 2009-10 Season
November 17, 2009 - Eastern Competes Well in Seattle
October 25, 2009 - Eagle Men and Women Play in ITA Regionals
October 4, 2009 - Riego de Dios has Strong Weekend for Eagles

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