After taking down a Pac-12 opponent at No. 1 singles, sophomore from London, England garners recognition from Big Sky
Sophomore Joseph Cohen of the Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team has been selected as the Big Sky Player of the Week, announced Tuesday (Jan. 29) by the league office. This is the first-career honor for Cohen, and the first for the Eagles in the 2013 season.
Cohen turned in an almost perfect weekend for Eastern, going 2-0 at No. 1 singles and 1-1 at No. 1 doubles in a pair of challenging matches in Eugene, Ore.
“Joseph definitely deserved this award,” said EWU head coach Darren Haworth. “He played two really tough opponents and battled hard to get through both matches. He is playing at a really high level right now.”
Cohen started the weekend with a big win at No. 1, as he downed Jeff Mullen of Oregon – a team currently ranked 72nd in the nation. Coming into the match, Mullen was undefeated in the 2013 campaign.
Cohen outlasted the Pac-12 opponent in three competitive sets, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (10-5), to earn his first singles victory as an Eagle.
“That was a huge, huge win for Joe and for our program,” said Haworth. “For him to come in and get a win at No. 1 against a very talented opponent shows some great leadership. He played really tough and stuck in there mentally.”
The next day in EWU’s first-ever meeting with South Carolina Upstate, Cohen defeated his opponent at No. 1 singles in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
With partner Eduardo Martinez, Cohen also picked up a win in his match at No. 1 doubles, defeating Upstate’s Viktor Selander and Matthias Kidler, 8-3.
Eastern will have a week off from competition before taking on another nationally-ranked opponent in No. 22 Washington. EWU plays the Huskies on Friday (Feb. 8), before a meeting with Seattle U on Saturday (Feb. 9). Both matches are in Seattle.