After defeating nationally-ranked Whitman on Saturday, Eagles cruise past Whitworth in late evening match Sunday
The Eastern Washington University men's tennis team evened its season record this weekend with a pair of victories against Whitman and Whitworth. Eastern, now 2-2 in the 2012 campaign, topped Whitman, 5-2, on Saturday (Jan. 28) in Cheney, Wash., before blanking Whitworth, 7-0, on Sunday (Jan. 29) in north Spokane.
Eastern's first victory on the weekend came against a team ranked 29th nationally in NCAA Division III, and No. 7 in the West region.
The Eagles captured the doubles point against Whitman with victories at No. 1 and No. 3. In the top spot, sophomore James Russell and junior Kyle Koetje bested Matt Tesmond and Conor Holton-Burke, who are ranked 20th in NCAA Division III, 8-6.
Navarro prevailed after a competitive match against No. 32 Holton-Burke, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4. Henninger topped Whitman's Will Husky at No. 3, 6-1, 6-4, while Sanchez beat Roston at No. 4, 6-4, 6-4.
"Mario had a tough match, but showed a lot of resolve in gutting it out," said EWU head coach Darren Haworth. "Chad played really solid as well. He was focused and didn't miss a beat the entire match."
After recording a win in doubles, Koetje picked up another one playing No. 6 singles, as he outlasted James Rivers, 6-3, 3-6, 11-9.
On Sunday against Whitworth, EWU dropped just one set in nine complete matches. The Eagles rolled through doubles, as Russell and junior Chris Eriksson won at No. 1, 8-4, Henninger and Sanchez won at No. 2 by the same score and Navarro and Koetje dominated at No. 3, 8-2.
In singles, Russell made his second-straight appearance at No. 1 against Whitworth's Daniel Redfern. Russell won the match quite easily, 6-2, 6-4.
Navarro won his match at No. 2 singles, but it took three sets to knock off Whitworth's Cameron Williams. Navarro earned a quick 6-2 victory in the first set, but then dropped the second by an identical score. In the matchbreaker, the Barcelona, Spain, native had the edge, 10-8.
Henninger and Sanchez won their matches at No. 3 and 4 by the same score of 6-3, 6-1. Koetje made quick work of Stefan Dernbach at No. 4, 6-2, 6-2, while rookie Ben Anderson celebrated his first win as an Eagle at No. 6, 6-4, 6-2.
Eastern Washington 5, Whitman 2
01/28/12 at Cheney, Wash. (Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse)
1. La Cava, Andrew (WTMN-M) def. RUSSELL, James (EWU-M) 2-6, 6-1, 7-5
2. NAVARRO, Mario (EWU-M) def. Holton-Burke, Conor (WTMN-M) 7-6 (10-8), 6-4
3. HENNINGER, Chad (EWU-M) def. Huskey, Will (WTMN-M) 6-1, 6-4
4. SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. Roston, Steven (WTMN-M) 6-4, 6-4
5. Sadeghi, Sam (WTMN-M) def. SIMIKIC, Stefan (EWU-M) 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)
6. KOETJE, Kyle (EWU-M) def. Rivers, James (WTMN-M) 6-3, 3-6, 11-9
1. RUSSELL, James/KOETJE, Kyle (EWU-M) def. Tesmond, Matt/Holton-Burke, Conor (WTMN-M) 8-6
2. Rivers, James/La Cava, Andrew (WTMN-M) def. HENNINGER, Chad/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) 8-6
3. SIMIKIC, Stefan/NAVARRO, Mario (EWU-M) def. Roston, Steven/Malesovas, Colton (WTMN-M) 9-8 (7-4)
Eastern Washington 7, Whitworth 0
01/29/12 at Spokane, Wash. (Scotford Tennis Center)
1. RUSSELL, James (EWU-M) def. Redfern, Daniel (WHIT-M) 6-2, 6-4
2. NAVARRO, Mario (EWU-M) def. Williams, Cameron (WHIT-M) 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8)
3. HENNINGER, Chad (EWU-M) def. Spaun, Micah (WHIT-M) 6-3, 6-1
4. SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. Hamming, Ben (WHIT-M) 6-3, 6-1
5. KOETJE, Kyle (EWU-M) def. Dernbach, Stefan (WHIT-M) 6-2, 6-2
6. ANDERSON, Ben (EWU-M) def. Talbot, John (WHIT-M) 6-4, 6-2
1. RUSSELL, James/ERIKSSON, Chris (EWU-M) def. Redfern, Daniel/Williams, Cameron (WHIT-M) 8-4
2. HENNINGER, Chad/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. Hamming, Ben/Spaun, Micah (WHIT-M) 8-4
3. NAVARRO, Mario/KOETJE, Kyle (EWU-M) def. Engleman, Chris/Gobel, Matt (WHIT-M) 8-2