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."
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.
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.