April 10, 2007

Zags Take First Match-Up of Spokane-Area Rivals

April 10, 2007

To give an idea just how close Tuesday afternoon's (April 10) men's tennis contest was between Eastern Washington and Gonzaga, a 5-2 Zags win, the two rivals split the 188 games played on the afternoon, 94-94.

Gonzaga outlasted the Eagles in a trio of doubles contests which were decided by three games or less (GU outscored Eastern combined, 22-21, in the doubles matches) to earn the doubles point and go up, 1-0. The Bulldogs then won the first four singles matches to finish for an insurmountable 5-0 lead. Three of those four contests were decided in three sets and the fourth had a tiebreaker decide the second stanza.

Jonathan Davis and Patrick Millican, playing No. 1 doubles for the first time on the season after playing in the third slot their first 13 dual-match contests of the season, were victorious, 8-5, over Zack Radetzky and Brett Womack. The duo had won 10-of-12 contests in the third position and brought a 10-3 dual-match record into today's match.

Eastern's No. 3 team of Pannhara Mam and Nico Riego de Dios, playing together for the first time, were outlasted by Charles Adams and Marco Antonio Pineda, 8-6. That left the doubles point riding on the No. 2 contest.

In that match, EWU's tandem of Kevin Erickson and Kyle Schraeder, also playing as doubles teammates for the initial time in 2006-07, held a 7-6 lead before the Gonzaga duo of Bryce Cooper and Roman Dojcak rallied back with the next three games to take a 9-7 victory and earn for GU the doubles tally.

The initial singles contest to finish came on the third court, as Daniel Pez, playing his highest spot on the lineup since a 6-2, 6-3 win over Andy Hunt of Lewis-Clark State on March 11, was defeated by Womack on Tuesday, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

Then came the finishes of the three three-set matches. The initial one of that trio to complete play came on the second court, where Dojcak rallied from a first-set loss to Schraeder to earn Gonzaga its third team point, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

On the fourth court, Riego de Dios was in a tight one with Pineda, as the contest was tied in the third set, 4-4, before Pineda sealed Gonzaga's win with a comeback 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory.

Gonzaga completed its sweep of the three matches to go the distance with Cooper's 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Mam on the first court.

The Eagles ended the day's play on a strong note, as Millican earned a straight-sets 6-4, 6-3 victory over Radetzky in the fifth position, while Art Karas easily defeated Adams by 6-1, 6-4 scores. The two snapped minor two-match losing streaks with their victories.

The Eagles (10-8) and Bulldogs (9-12) will have a re-match in a week's time in Spokane, but before then, Eastern Washington plays a trio of home contests this weekend, the final ones to be played in Cheney this season.

First up will be the Whitman Missionaries and the Idaho Vandals. Both contests will take place on Saturday (April 14), with the Whitman contest beginning at 9 a.m. and the Idaho match five hours later. The Missionaries will bring a 21-4 mark into the day, while the Vandals are 6-12 and will take on Gonzaga in Spokane the night before.

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Gonzaga at Eastern Washington
Gonzaga 5, Eastern Washington 2
April 10, 2007, in Cheney, Wash.

Doubles competition
1. Jonathan Davis/Patrick Millican (EWU) def. Zack Radetzky/Brett Womack (GU), 8-5
2. Bryce Cooper/Roman Dojcak (GU) def. Kevin Erickson/Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 9-7
3. Charles Adams/Marco Antonio Pineda (GU) def. Pannhara Mam/Nico Riego de Dios (EWU), 8-6

Singles competition
1. Bryce Cooper (GU) def. Pannhara Mam (EWU), 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
2. Roman Dojcak (GU) def. Kyle Schraeder (EWU), 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
3. Brett Womack (GU) def. Daniel Pez (EWU), 6-4, 7-6 (3)
4. Marco Antonio Pineda (GU) def. Nico Riego de Dios (EWU), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
5. Patrick Millican (EWU) def. Zack Radetzky (GU), 6-4, 6-3
6. Art Karas (EWU) def. Charles Adams (GU), 6-1, 6-4

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,2,4,1,5,6)

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