With a virtually new roster in place, Eastern kicks off 2012-13 campaign at home
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team may have the youngest roster in the Big Sky Conference, but the four freshmen, three sophomores and one senior on the squad this year represent an energetic, eager and promising group.
The team will open its 2012-13 season at home this weekend with the EWU Fall Classic. The three-day tournament will run from Friday (Sept. 21) - Sunday (Sept. 23) at the EWU Sports and Recreation Outdoor Tennis Courts. Action will begin at 9 a.m. all three days.
The field for this event includes Big Sky foes Montana and Portland State, as well as other regional rivals in Gonzaga, Idaho and Seattle.
The tournament will feature nearly 50 individuals competing in two flights - red and white - with a consolation bracket for each. There will be one flight of doubles, which also includes a consolation round.
This weekend, the only familiar face in red and white will be three-year letterwinner Kyle Koetje. The senior from Arlington, Wash., represents the only player on the roster with match experience for EWU. Koetje went 10-8 in his junior campaign, playing primarily at No. 6 singles. He earned a 6-2 record in Big Sky play.
In this 2012 debut event, Koetje will be pitted against Montana’s Semion Branzburg in the first round of the more competitive red flight.
Sophomore Joseph Cohen returns after redshirting the 2011-12 season, and will suit up for his first official match as an Eagle. Cohen will also compete in the red flight, with a bye in the first round.
The remaining six members of EWU’s 2012 roster are all newcomers. Sixth-year head coach Darren Haworth signed four freshmen and welcomed two sophomore transfers. Fans will get a chance to see five of these six new Eagles in action this weekend.
“We have a group of guys this year who came in really wanting to work hard,” said Haworth. “They are enthusiastic about becoming better tennis players, and it’s going to be fun to watch them improve throughout the fall and going into our spring season.”