April 19, 2009

Eagles Move to Within One of School Record

April 19, 2009

The Eastern Washington University men’s tennis team swept a pair of matches in Moscow, Idaho, on Sunday (April 19), defeating Seattle University 7-0 in the morning and Idaho 4-3 in the afternoon. The wins improved Eastern’s record to 17-8 and moved the squad to within one of the school record for victories, set last year (18-7).

In the first match, two Eagles had perfect 6-0, 6-0 singles victories, Daniel Pez on court four, and Chad Henninger on the sixth court. Nico Riego de Dios, Julian Sanchez, Art Karas and Pannhara Mam all had impressive singles victories, as well.

The second contest was much more competitive and went down to the wire. Idaho (16-10) took early control of the contest by sweeping the three doubles matches and entering singles play with a 1-0 lead.

After Riego de Dios and Karas earned singles wins – as did a pair of Vandal players – the Eagles trailed by a precarious 3-2 count. However, a pair of clutch victories turned the score around and gave Eastern its exciting victory. Sanchez recorded a 6-2, 6-3 victory to tie the score 3-3 before Mam outlasted his opponent, 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 to earn the fourth and final tally of the contest for the Eagles.

Eastern now looks ahead to the Big Sky Conference Championship, to take place Friday-Sunday (April 24-26) in Gold River, Calif. Eastern Washington (6-2 BSC) will be the No. 2 seed and will play its first match in the semifinal round at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Eastern Washington vs Seattle University
Apr 19, 2009 at Moscow, Idaho
Eastern Washington 7, Seattle University 0

Singles competition

1. Riego de Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. SHKREBTAN, Mark (SU) 6-1, 6-1
2. Mam, Pannhara (EWU-M) def. MONTGOMERY, Alex (SU) 6-0, retired
3. Karas, Art (EWU-M) def. BOORKMAN, Patrick (SU) 6-4, 6-4
4. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) def. REETZ, Dylan (SU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. STRIZICH, Adam (SU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Henninger, Chad (EWU-M) def. ENKEMA, Matt (SU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. SCHRAEDER, Kyle/RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico (EWU-M) def. MONTGOMERY, Alex/ENKEMA, Matt (SU) 8-2
2. MAM, Pannhara/PEZ, Daniel (EWU-M) def. SHKREBTAN, Mark/REETZ, Dylan (SU) 8-4
3. SANCHEZ, Julian/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) def. STRIZICH, Adam/BOORKMAN, Patrick (SU) 8-2

Eastern Washington 16-8
Seattle University 4-11

Eastern Washington vs Idaho
Apr 19, 2009 at Moscow, Idaho
Eastern Washington 4, Idaho 3

Singles competition

1. Riego de Dios, Nico (EWU-M) def. KUZNETSOV, Artem (UI) 6-1, 6-1
2. Mam, Pannhara (EWU-M) def. GLUKHOV, Stanislav (UI) 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
3. JOITOIU, Alexandru (UI) def. Schraeder, Kyle (EWU-M) 4-6, 6-4, 7-5
4. Karas, Art (EWU-M) def. CHALKLEY, Robert (UI) 6-4, 7-6
5. SHIN, Alan (UI) def. Pez, Daniel (EWU-M) 6-3, 6-3
6. Sanchez, Julian (EWU-M) def. HUYNH, Timothy (UI) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. JOITOIU, Alexandru/McDONALD, Hugh (UI) def. RIEGO DE DIOS, Nico/SCHRAEDER, Kyle (EWU-M) 8-4
2. KUZNETSOV, Artem/GLUKHOV, Stanislav (UI) def. PEZ, Daniel/MAM, Pannhara (EWU-M) 8-5
3. CHALKLEY, Robert/HUYNH, Timothy (UI) def. SANCHEZ, Julian/KARAS, Art (EWU-M) 8-6

Eastern Washington 17-8
Idaho 16-10
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,5,4,3,6,2)

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