Tennis Teams Gear Up for Busy Weekend

Men's tennis heads to Seattle to face fourth nationally-ranked opponent of the season, while women prepare for three matches in three days

Both the Eastern Washington University men's and women's tennis teams are headed west for an action-packed weekend. The men's team will take on No. 13 Washington on Friday (March 9) in Seattle, before facing Seattle U on Saturday (March 10).

The women will play three matches in three days, starting with a Big Sky Conference dual against Portland State on Friday in Portland, Ore. The Eagles will stay in the Rose City to play Portland on Saturday, and then travel to Eugene to face Oregon on Sunday (March 11).

On Friday, the men's team will be playing its fourth nationally-ranked opponent of the season. The Huskies come into the match 13th in the Campbell/ITA College Tennis Rankings.

Eastern has earned an 8-4 record so far in the season, but three of the four losses did come against other nationally-ranked teams. Its most recent loss was to Idaho - a team that had been ranked in the top 75 for the first six weeks of the season.

Leading the Eagles this year has been seniors Chad Henninger and Julian Sanchez, and sophomore Ilija Cuic, who have a combined singles record of 21-8.

As doubles partners, Henninger and Sanchez also boast a winning record at 6-3.

The women's team, which has had more than a week off from competition, will open its weekend against the 2-9 Vikings. Both teams will be looking for their initial win in the Big Sky season, as Eastern comes in 0-1 in league play, and Portland State at 0-4.

The Eagles recently celebrated their first win of the 2012 campaign against Lewis-Clark State, which is also a team Portland State defeated this year. Eastern downed the Warriors, 6-1, while PSU narrowly edged LCSC, 4-3.

Following the Big Sky Conference showdown, EWU will play Portland and Oregon in a couple of make-up matches. Eastern was originally scheduled to play the Pilots and Ducks in the opening weekend of the season, but the matches were postponed due to weather.

The Pilots are 2-4 this season, which does include a win 5-2 win against Portland State and a 4-3 victory over Seattle - a team that EWU narrowly lost to back on Jan. 28 by a score of 4-3.

The Ducks are 7-2 in the 2012 campaign, also with wins against Seattle and Portland State. Oregon swept both of those squads.

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