Cheney, Wash. – In a match that came down to the final few points, the Eastern Washington men's tennis team fell to visiting Northern Arizona, 4-3, in a Big Sky counter on Saturday, Apr. 12.
Eastern (8-11, 4-4 Big Sky) dropped the doubles point but rebounded to win three of the first five singles matches to keep things close. The tiebreaking match in the No. 5 position went the way of the Lumberjacks, however, as the visitors sealed the win.
"This was one of the best matches I've been a part of here on our home court," head coach Darren Haworth said. "The guys really gave a great effort and played hard for each other. We've snuck out a couple of 4-3 wins this season, but came up just a little short this time."
Freshman Robert Dula bested Northern Arizona's top player 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 1 position while both sophomore Eduardo Bringold and freshman Rendell Burghart proved victorious in the third and sixth positions, respectively.
Playing a closely contested match in the No. 5 spot, junior Stefan Farrar won the first set before the Lumberjacks' Trevor Unger came back to take the second set. Neither player was able to gain any separation through the third set, but Unger converted a few more points down the stretch to win the match 5-7, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
EWU concludes its season with three more matches this week, starting with a tilt at Whitworth on Tuesday, Apr. 15. Match time is set for 3 p.m.