Thunderbirds Downed By Eagles
By SUU Strategic Communication
ST. GEORGE, Utah - With just two matches left in the regular season for the Southern Utah men’s tennis team, the Thunderbirds hosted the Eastern Washington Eagles in their first Big Sky matchup of the weekend. Despite yet another singles win from freshman Cedric Rupa, the Thunderbirds dropped fell to the Eagles by a score of 6-1.
“We competed really well today, but did not execute,” head coach Sadhaf Pucher said. “This late in the season, the best teams do both and that is something we need to focus on tomorrow.”
The Eagles went up 1-0 early in the match by sweeping all three doubles matches to take the doubles point.
The singles competition didn’t go too much better for the Thunderbirds. They would drop five of the six matches with the only exception being Rupa in the No. 4 position. Rupa defeated EWU’s Wacil Bendjelti (2-6, 6-3, 10-7) to give the Thunderbirds their only point of the match.
With that win Rupa secured himself a winning season, the first in program history. “We have never had a player finish the year with a tied or winning record in singles play and it is nice to see that record broken,” Pucher said of Rupa’s season.
Guy Feigin put up a good fight in the No. 2 position, taking Victor Pereira to a tiebreaker in the third set, but would eventually fall (7-6, 4-6, 10-8) to Pereira.
Coming Up Next
The Thunderbirds will play their final match of the 2017 regular season tomorrow against the Portland State Vikings. The match will take place at Tonaquint Park in St. George and is set to start at 11:00 a.m.
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1. DULA, Robert (EWU) def. TORDOFF, Conor (SUU) 6-1, 6-1
2. PEREIRA, Victor (EWU) def. FEIGIN, Guy (SUU) 7-6, 4-6, 10-8
3. PAZ, Scott (EWU) def. PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) 6-3, 6-1
4. RUPA, Cedric (SUU) def. BENDJELTI, Wacil (EWU) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7
5. RAVEAU, Flavien (EWU) def. ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico (SUU) 6-3, 6-1
6. ALMEIDA, Ricardo (EWU) def. YEACKER, Ben (SUU) 6-1, 6-1
1. DULA, Robert/PEREIRA, Victor (EWU) def. FEIGIN, Guy/ENRIQUE SCHMIDT,Nico (SUU) 6-3
2. PAZ, Scott/RAVEAU, Flavien (EWU) def. TORDOFF, Conor/PALACIO, Sergio (SUU) 6-3
3. ALMEIDA, Ricardo/BENDJELTI, Wacil (EWU) def. RUPA, Cedric/YEACKER, Ben (SUU) 6-2
Eastern Washington 11-6, 6-1 BSCSouthern Utah 4-15, 1-9 BSC