March 26, 2009
The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team split a pair of matches on a busy Thursday (March 26). However, the Eagles were victorious in the more important one, a 7-0 Big Sky Conference victory over Idaho State that morning. The team then made the 208-mile drive south and took on No. 63 BYU, falling to the Cougars 6-1 that evening.
The victory over the Bengals allowed the Eagles to improve their Big Sky record to 5-1 and remain in second place, trailing just Sacramento State (4-0 BSC). It was also Eastern’s 12th overall victory, which has only been accomplished three times in the past 24 years (in 2006, 2007 and 2008).
Against Idaho State, EWU (12-7) took all three doubles contests and each of the six singles matches. All but one of the singles contests were taken in straight sets, with the most dominating performance coming courtesy of Kevin Anderson, who had a 6-1, 6-2 victory on court six.
The only one to go three sets saw Nico Riego de Dios, rally from a first-set loss to claim a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory. He then had a top-notch performance that evening, defeating the top player from the 63rd-ranked Cougar squad in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Next up for Eastern Washington is a trip to the state of Arizona, where the Eagles will face Big Sky foe Northern Arizona at 3 p.m. on April 4 prior to meeting Scottsdale C.C. the next day. The Lumberjacks are 3-1 in league play, 5-15 overall, and only has one match prior to April 4, a league tilt with Weber State on Sunday (March 29).
Eastern Washington vs Idaho State
Mar 26, 2009 at Pocatello, ID - Reed Gym
Eastern Washington 7, Idaho State 0
1. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. ROYO, Javier (ISU) 4-6, 7-5, 6-3
2. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) def. BARRENECHEA, Danel (ISU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) def. BUCETA, Alex (ISU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. DECHANT, Ross (ISU) 6-4, 6-0
5. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) def. BUCKINGHAM, Dan (ISU) 6-3, 6-2
6. Anderson, Kevin (EWU-M) def. MANCERO, Andres (ISU) 6-1, 6-2
1. #72 RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) def. ROYO, Javier/BARRENECHEA, Danel (ISU) 8-5
2. PEZ, Daniel/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) def. BUCETA, Alex/DECHANT, Ross (ISU) 8-5
3. HENNINGER, Chad/ANDERSON, Kevin (EWU-M) def. BUCKINGHAM, Dan/MANCERO, Andres (ISU) 8-3
Eastern Washington 12-6, 5-1 BSC
Idaho State 0-11, 0-4 BSC
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,1,4,5,6)
Eastern Washington vs BYU
Mar 26, 2009 at Provo, Utah
#63 BYU 6, Eastern Washington 1
1. Riego De Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. WARIAS, Roman (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
2. SHUBERT, Thomas (BYU) def. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) 1-0, retired
3. URBINA, Evan (BYU) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 6-0, 6-1
4. MEARS, Cassidy (BYU) def. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) 6-2, 6-2
5. HWANG, Daniel (BYU) def. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) 6-3, 7-5
6. FERGUSON, Bradley (BYU) def. Anderson, Kevin (EWU-M) 6-1, 6-0
1. BATRAKOV, Georgy/WARIAS, Roman (BYU) def. #72 RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) 9-7
2. HWANG, Daniel/SHUBERT, Thomas (BYU) def. PEZ, Daniel/SANCHEZ, Julian (EWU-M) 8-4
3. MEARS, Cassidy/URBINA, Evan (BYU) def. HENNINGER, Chad/ANDERSON, Kevin (EWU-M) 8-1
Eastern Washington 12-7
BYU 10-8; National ranking #63
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (2,3,4,1,5,6)