Eagles Have Solid Run at Boise State Fall Classic

Eagles nab eight singles wins and two in doubles during three-day tournament in Boise

The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team traveled to Boise, Idaho over the weekend (Oct. 5-7) for the Boise State Fall Classic - an event the Eagles have competed in for three-straight years. But with only one returning letterwinner on the roster this year, it was actually a new event for most of the squad.

Although Eastern was not able to record many wins in the main draws, the team did celebrate a great deal of success in the consolation rounds.

Sophomore Stefan Farrar won three matches in a row to advance to the championship match of the blue flight. Freshman Eduardo Bringold made it through to the semifinals of that same bracket, while senior Kyle Koetje played in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual champion Kent Andreasen from Portland.

Farrar’s run started with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Will Cochrane from Big Sky Conference foe Portland State. In the quarterfinals, he beat another Viking in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 10-6. Farrar then played former Eagle Flavio Malagutti, now with Seattle, and topped him in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5.

The championship match saw Farrar pitted against Andreasen, who had taken down two other Eagles en route to the finals. Farrar lost to the talented freshman from Portland by a score of 6-1, 6-2.

Bringold also won three-consecutive matches in the blue flight consolation draw before being ousted by Andreasen. Bringold defeated teammate Cody Smith in the opening round, 6-2, 6-2, and then topped Seattle’s Kyle Rapp in his next match, 6-3, 7-5. In the semifinals, he cruised past Portland senior Jackson Martin, 6-2, 6-1.

Sophomore Eduardo Martinez played in the more competitive orange flight in Boise, and was actually the only Eagle to record a win in a singles main draw. Martinez outlasted Marcus Schleuter from Big Sky rival Montana State, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In the second round, Martinez was pitted against Gonzaga’s Alvaro Nazal, who ended up winning the event with five-straight singles victories, including one over Oregon’s Alex Rovello, who ranks among the top 125 in the nation. Martinez lost his matchup with Nazal by a score of 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles action, Koetje and freshman Tomas Aranguiz defeated a pair from Gonzaga, 8-6, in the main draw of the orange flight. Bringold and Smith lost their matchup in the blue flight main draw, but rebounded with an 8-4 victory over Chart and Triance from Portland State in the consolation round.

Eastern will have this weekend off from competition before continuing its fall season at the ITA Northwest Regionals in Moraga, Calif., Oct. 19-23.

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