February 21, 2010

Men's Tennis Drops Three In Pacific Northwest

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Playing in three matches over the weekend, the Northern Colorado men's tennis team lost all three to Idaho, Eastern Washington and Gonzaga. The Bears are now 0-6 on the season and 0-2 in Big Sky Conference action with the loss to the Eagles.

Playing their third top-100 team in just their fourth match of the year, the Bears opened the weekend with a 7-0 loss to Idaho on Friday. Freshman Robbie Edwards continued to fight well, showing a lot of promise for a true freshman, losing 6-4, 6-4 at number three singles.

"That's our third match against a top 100 team in the country," said Head Coach Tim Bearman. "The guys again competed well. Unfortunately, the men were overmatched both from talent and experience levels. The effort was there, the attitude was positive, plain and simple, and Idaho is better team."

On Saturday, the Bears returned to the court to face their second Big Sky Conference team this year in Eastern Washington. The team again lost 7-0 with all six falling in straight sets.

 "The conference is extremely strong this year and Eastern Washington has a very good team," said Bearman. "Again, the effort and energy was great, the guys came out and competed well. Eastern Washington just did a better job of executing then we did."

The conclusion on Sunday came against the Gonzaga Bulldogs, where again all six singles players fell in straight sets for a 7-0 loss, but Edwards battled tough, almost forcing a third-set with a 7-5 loss in the second.

"Robbie Edwards had a nice comeback in the second set and played well," said Bearman. "Hopefully this weekend was a learning experience and we can grow from it. "

The Bears return to the court when they host Portland State on Saturday at WorkOut West. Match time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.