Men's Tennis Fights Hard In Narrow Defeat To UMKC

Cheney, Wash. – The Eastern Washington men's tennis team fell in a hard-fought nonconference match to visiting UMKC, 4-3, on Friday, Feb. 21, at the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse.

Eastern (4-4) narrowly lost the doubles point before rebounding to win three singles matches. UMKC improved to 2-6 with the win.

"It was a disappointing loss but nothing we can't learn from," head coach Darren Haworth said. "We competed well as a team and this experience will help us down the road."

EWU's No. 3 doubles pair of freshmen Rendell Burghart and Luke Ness won their match in exciting fashion, winning in a tiebreaker over UMKC's No. 3 duo.

Playing in the top position, sophomore Eduardo Bringold and freshman Robert Dula were narrowly defeated, 8-7, in another tiebreaker, giving the doubles point to the visitors.

Dula rebounded from a grueling doubles match to win in straight sets in the top singles position over UMKC's Mike Psarros 6-4, 6-3. It was Dula's fifth singles win of the season.

Freshman Matt Boyle defeated Uldis Gaismins 6-4, 6-4 in the sixth position while junior Stefan Farrar squeaked past Conner Edwards 7-6, 2-6, 1-0 (8) in the No. 5 spot.

Both Bringold and sophomore Luke Thompson extended their matches to three sets before eventually falling.

The Eagles are back in action on Friday, Feb. 28, when they take on Northern Colorado in their first Big Sky match of the season in Greeley, Colo. Match time is set for 12 p.m. PST.

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