April 16, 2014

Men's Tennis Sweeps Whitworth In Convincing Fashion

Spokane, Wash. – The Eastern Washington men's tennis team collected a convincing 7-0 sweep over Whitworth Tuesday, Apr. 15, in a nonconference match at the Scotford Tennis Center.

Eastern (9-11, 4-4 Big Sky) won all six singles matches in straight sets after claiming the doubles point.

Freshman Robert Dula won his fourth consecutive singles match in the No. 1 position, beating Whitworth's Drew Brigham 6-1, 6-0. The Croatian now owns an 11-9 record on the year, all of which came in the top position.

Sophomore Luke Thompson cruised past John Talbot in the No. 2 spot 6-1, 6-2 while freshman Wacil Bendjelti picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Blake Miller in the third position.

Playing in the No. 4 position, junior Stefan Farrar bested Chris Engelmann 6-4, 6-3, and freshman Rendell Burghart picked up his first career win over Shane Sandlin 6-1, 6-4 in the fifth position.

Freshman Luke Ness made it a clean sweep with his 6-2, 6-1 victory over Drew Adams in the No. 6 position.

EWU concludes its 2014 regular season on the road with matches at the Montana schools. Eastern currently sits seventh in the Big Sky standings with only the top six teams earning bids to the conference championship next week. Five teams have already secured their spots with the final slot up for grabs.

"The guys are definitely playing their best tennis of the year right now," head coach Darren Haworth said. "We're looking forward to going into this weekend and trying to steal some wins."

The Eagles open the weekend at Montana State on Friday, Apr. 18, before squaring off with Montana on Saturday, Apr. 19.

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