Eagles Find a Break in the Rain; Fit in Two Duel Matches in Golden State

After getting rained out for the first two days of its spring break excursion, Eastern squeezes in matches with UCSB and Fresno City College

The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team had an abbreviated trip to the Golden State, as two of its first three scheduled matches were canceled due to heavy rain on the coast. After sitting for two days, the weather finally cooperated and Eastern was able to fit in a pair of matches against the Gauchos of UCSB and the Rams of Fresno City College.

In the first duel match of its spring break trip, Eastern was swept by UCSB 7-0 on Monday (March 21) in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Gauchos managed to escape doubles with two wins at No. 1 and No.2. Eastern did win at No. 3 though, as sophomore Chris Eriksson and freshman James Russell outlasted Evan Jurgensen and Alexander Gryaznov in a tiebreaker, 9-8. The EWU duo is now 8-2 overall in the 2011 season, and has won five of its last six outings.

In singles play, EWU lost in straight sets at No. 1-4. Junior Chad Henninger took his match at No. 5 singles to three sets, but was eventually topped by Grynazov, 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7).

On Tuesday (March 22), Eastern played a match against Fresno City College – a team formerly coached by EWU head coach Darren Haworth. The Eagles, who had to catch a plane late Tuesday afternoon, played a shortened match with FCC, but the Eags won 4-0.

Juniors Julian Sanchez and Chad Henninger won at No. 2 doubles, 8-6 and Eriksson and Russell won at No. 3, 8-2. Freshman Mario Navarro made quick work of his opponent at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-1 decision, while Henninger and Russell also won in singles to clinch the match for EWU.

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