Men's and women's tennis teams will make conference debut this weekend against Northern Colorado, but men's match will take place a day later than planned
The Eastern Washington University men's and women's tennis teams will open their 2012 Big Sky Conference season at home this weekend in the Jim Thorpe Fieldhouse in Cheney, Wash. But due to inclement weather in the Denver area, the men's match against Northern Colorado will take place a day later than originally scheduled. The men's non-conference duel against Seattle has also been rescheduled.
The men will now host Northern Colorado on Saturday (Feb. 4) at 5 p.m., and will play Seattle on Sunday (Feb. 5) at 9 a.m.
The women's home match against UNC is still on for Saturday (Feb. 5) at 10 a.m. The women will also have one non-conference duel this weekend, as they play at Washington State on Friday (Feb. 3) morning in Pullman.
Although still very early in the season, Eastern Washington is eager to dive into Big Sky Conference play, and Northern Colorado should be a manageable opener for both teams. In the 2012 preseason coaches' polls, the UNC men were picked last, while the women were selected seventh out of nine teams.
The Eagle men were picked fourth in the preseason poll and received one first-place vote, while the women's team was tabbed fifth. Last season, the women actually lost to the Bears by a score of 6-1. But with six returning letterwinners and the addition of a couple highly-touted freshmen, the Eagles are expected to have a more successful run in conference this year.
The men's squad dominated its match with UNC during the 2011 season, blanking the Bears, 7-0.