OGDEN, Utah -- After dropping two of three doubles matches and falling behind 1-0, the Weber State men's tennis team took the singles play by storm, winning all six matches for a 6-1 win over Eastern Washington on Sunday at the Ogden Athletic Club.
"This was a good win for us today," said WSU head coach Brad Ferreira. "Eastern is struggling with some injuries right now, but they were picked third in the conference in the preseason poll, and they always have very good teams."
Todd Fought and Sanjay Goswami teamed for the lone doubles win for the Wildcats on the day, defeating Arturo Carpio and Eduardo Bringold 8-5 in the No. 2 match. Caio Poitena and Oliver Good battled Joseph Cohen and Eduardo Martinez in the top match, but lost a heartbreaker 9-8.
Jakub Gewert, Poitena and Ryan Garner all earned straight sets wins for Weber State in singles to storm back to take a 3-1 lead. Gewert took a 6-3, 6-0 win over Martinez in the No. 1 match, Poitena downed Luke Thompson 6-4, 6-2 at No. 4, and Garner defeated Stefan Farrar 6-4, 6-2 at No. 6.
Fought, Good, and Goswami each survived three-set matches to give the Wildcats a clean sweep in singles play. In the No. 2 match, Fought bookended 6-2 wins in the first and third sets, around a 6-3 second set loss in a win over Tomas Aranguiz. At No. 3, Good dropped his opening set 6-7, but rallied in the second for a 7-5 win, and led 3-0 in the third, when Kyle Koetje defaulted with the overall match in hand for WSU. In the No. 5 match, Goswami also fell behind a set, as Bringold took the opener 6-4, but the Wildcat freshman rebounded with a 6-4 second set win, and did not lose a game in the deciding set for a 6-0 win.
Weber State improved to 4-5 overall and remained perfect in the Big Sky Conference at 2-0, while Eastern Washington dropped to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in Big Sky play.
Weber State 6, Eastern Washington 1
Feb 24, 2013 at Ogden, UT (Ogden Athletic Club)
1. GEWERT, Jakub (WSU) def. MARTINEZ, Eduardo (EWU) 6-3, 6-0
2. FOUGHT, Todd (WSU) def. ARANGUIZ, Tomas (EWU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
3. GOOD, Oliver (WSU) def. KOETJE, Kyle (EWU) 6-7, 7-5, 3-0, def.
4. POITENA, Caio (WSU) def. THOMPSON, Luke (EWU) 6-4, 6-2
5. GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) def. BRINGOLD, Eduardo (EWU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. GARNER, Ryan (WSU) def. FARRAR, Stefan (EWU) 6-4, 6-2
1. COHEN, Joseph/MARTINEZ, Eduardo (EWU) def. POITENA, Caio/GOOD, Oliver (WSU) 9-8
2. FOUGHT, Todd/GOSWAMI, Sanjay (WSU) def. CARPIO, Arturo/BRINGOLD, Eduardo (EWU) 8-5
3. ARANGUIZ, Tomas/KOETJE, Kyle (EWU) def. GARNER, Ryan/TRABERT, Anthony (WSU) 8-3
Eastern Washington 2-8; 0-2 BSC
Weber State 4-5; 2-0 BSC