Eagles Face Tough Task in No. 18 Washington
Eastern will travel to Seattle for a match-up Friday against the nationally-ranked Washington Huskies
Date - Opponent - Time/Pacific
March 12 – at Washington – 2 p.m.
By Keenan Bowen, EWU Sports Information
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team will face a tough task this Friday (March 12) when they take on the No. 18 Washington Huskies in Seattle, Wash. The match is set to begin at 2 p.m. Pacific time.
The Eagles enter the match 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the Big Sky. The Eagles are currently in fifth-place in the Big Sky and are coming off a 6-1 victory over the Gonzaga Bulldogs on March 4.
The Huskies are 13-1 overall on the season and their only loss thus far was on the road at No. 10 Illinois. Washington is most recently coming off of a 6-1 victory over No. 52 Minnesota.
The match on Friday against the Huskies will be the first road game of five in a row for the Eagles. The Eagles won’t return home until April 9 when they take on Weber State.
Movin’ Up: Eagle senior Nico Riego de Dios is currently tied for fourth all-time at Eastern with 39 career singles wins, and needs just one more to move into sole possession of fourth place. Former teammate Daniel Pez (2007-09) is tied with Riego de Dios as he finished his career last season with 39 career singles wins.
Brazilian Duo: Fernando Mussolini and Flavio Malagutti, both true freshmen from Brazil, have hit the ground running this season and have amassed a 15-4 overall record in singles.
Mussolini, along with Chad Henninger, leads all Eagles in singles wins with a 8-2 overall record. Malagutti has the third-most wins on the team with a 7-2 record. Both are also a perfect 3-0 in Big Sky play.
Three Of A Kind: 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
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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