January 23, 2009

Eagles Continue Challenging Schedule Against Pioneers

Jan. 23, 2009

The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team continued its challenging stretch of playing three ranked teams in its first five contests of 2009 – all in a 15-day stretch – with a 7-0 road loss to No. 47 Denver in that team’s season-opening contest.

The Friday evening (Jan. 23) match saw an engaging contest at No. 1 doubles, where Eastern’s Nico Riego de Dios and Kyle Schraeder outlasted Denver’s Martin Zimmerman and Benny Althaus 9-8 in an dramatic battle.

Unfortunately for the Eagles (2-3), Denver had already clinched the doubles point by the time that contest met its exciting conclusion, claiming 8-4 and 8-6 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles, respectively.

The Pioneers (1-0), an NCAA Championship entrant last year, then ran through the singles contests, winning each in straight sets. The best Eastern performance came courtesy of Kenneth Norling, who took his opponent to 6-4, 6-3 before falling.

Eastern Washington continues its busy weekend with a morning contest against Air Force (0-2) on Saturday (Jan. 24). First serve is set for 9 a.m. Pacific Time. The Eagles will wrap up their weekend in the Rocky Mountains with their first Big Sky Conference match of the season, at 8 a.m. on Sunday (Jan. 25) versus Northern Colorado (0-0).

Eastern Washington vs Denver
Jan 23, 2009 at Denver, Colo.
#47 Denver 7, Eastern Washington 0

Singles competition

1. #84 SIMSON, David (DU) def. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-2
2. ZIMMERMAN, Martin (DU) def. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) 6-0, 3-0, retired
3. ALTHAUS, Benny (DU) def. Karas, Art (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-2
4. WEIHS, Yannick (DU) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 6-3, 6-3
5. GUNNARSSON, Johan (DU) def. Norling, Kenneth (EWU-M) 6-4, 6-3
6. DHATT, Rajvot (DU) def. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition

1. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. ZIMMERMAN, Martin/ALTHAUS, Benny (DU) 9-8
2. GUNNARSSON, Johan/SIMSON, David (DU) def. NORLING, Kenneth/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) 8-4
3. DHATT, Rajvot/WEIHS, Yannick (DU) def. PEZ, Daniel/ANDERSON, Kevin (EWU-M) 8-6

Eastern Washington 2-3
Denver 1-0; National ranking #47
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,1,3,6,5,4)

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