Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Abid Akbar
Vandal tennis tops SMC
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 03/10/2012
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MORAGA, Calif. - The Idaho men's tennis team picked up its third straight win on Saturday as it defeated Saint Mary's 4-3 in Moraga, Calif.

Idaho improves to 8-6 this spring with the victory.

"This was a good win against a strong team," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "It was great to see the guys fight back after losing the doubles point."

Idaho's Andrew Dobbs and Marius Cirstea won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles but the Vandals lost at Nos. 2 and 3 doubles and Saint Mary's won the double point.

The Vandals bounced back in singles action, as Abid Akbar won 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, Cristobal Ramos Salazar won 6-4, 7-5 at No.  3, Jose Bendeck won 6-2, 7-6 at No. 3 and Cesar Torres won by default after a first set victory at No. 6 singles.

Up next for the Vandals is No. 29 Santa Clara on Sunday.

Idaho 4, Saint Mary's 3

Doubles

Cirstea/A.Dobbs  (UI) def. Dawson-Roberts/Norstrom (SMC) 8-5
Benkirane/Olivan (SMC) def.  Akbar/Bendeck (UI)  9-8(8-0)
Hamdy/Elsherbini (SMC) def. Knox/Ramos-Salazar (UI) 8-3

Singles:
Olivan (SMC) def. Cirstea (UI) 6-3 6-2
Akbar (UI) def.  Benkirane (SMC) 6-0 6-3
Ramos- Salazar (UI) def. Hamdy (SMC) 6-4  7-5
Bendeck (UI) def. Norstrom (SMC) 6-2 7-6(4)
Elsherbini (SMC) def. Shin (UI) 7-5 3-6 (10-2)
Torres (UI) def. Leon (SMC) 7-6(5) 1-0 default