Still looking for first Division I win, Eastern plays No. 24 Washington and Seattle U
Eastern at Washington
Friday, Feb. 8 | 4 p.m. PST
Nordstrom Tennis Center | Seattle, Wash.
Eastern at Seattle U
Saturday, Feb. 9 | 5 p.m. PST
Sammamish Club | Issaquah, Wash.
After a week off from competition, the Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team will be back in action this weekend with two matches in Seattle, Wash.
The Eagles will face their second nationally-ranked opponent of the season on Friday (Feb. 8) when they take on No. 24 Washington at 4 p.m.
Eastern will then face Seattle U on Saturday (Feb. 9), going for its sixth-consecutive win over the Redhawks.
While the Eagles have a strong winning streak going against SU, the recent matches with this in-state rival have been close. In the 2012 meeting in Seattle, the Eagles narrowly escaped with a 4-3 victory after senior Kyle Koetje came up with a big win at No. 6 singles to clinch the match. In the previous two seasons, the Eagles prevailed by a score of 5-2.
The Redhawks have had a rough start to the 2013 season, dropping its first eight matches, which includes three losses to other Big Sky schools.
Another familiar opponent, Eastern has played the Huskies in each of the last seven seasons, but six of those duals have ended in a 7-0 sweep for UW. In 2007, the Eagles did manage to record one point when former Eagle Patrick Millican downed his opponent at No. 4, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Washington comes into this match with a 5-2 mark on the season.
Eastern is 1-3 in the 2013 campaign, with its one win coming against NCAA Division III Whitworth.
- Leading the Eagles this year is sophomore Joseph Cohen, who was recently named Big Sky Player of the Week. In EWU’s last two competitions, Cohen recorded back-to-back wins at No. 1 singles, and picked up his first doubles win of the year as well. The most notable victory during the season came against then-No. 72 Oregon. Playing in the top spot, Cohen defeated Jeff Mullen, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5).
- Eastern Washington entered the 2013 season with just one returning letterwinner in Kyle Koetje, who also happens to be the only upperclassman on the roster this year. The Eagles have five freshman and four sophomores. But three of those upperclassmen have already established themselves as the top three for EWU, with sophomore Joseph Cohen earning the No. 1 spot, sophomore Eduardo Martinez at No. 2 and freshman Tomas Aranguiz playing No. 3.