SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Idaho men’s tennis took care of business on Saturday, defeating No. 3 Northern Arizona, 4-1, in the Big Sky Championship Semifinals. The Vandals advance to the championship match for the second straight season where they will take on top-ranked Weber State.
"The boys are on a mission," said head coach Abid Akbar. "They believed in themselves and played very passionate and smart tennis. We have to bring it the same tomorrow."
Idaho took control early, winning the doubles point. Jackson Varney and Artem Vasheshnikov came out victorious at first doubles, 6-4. Mark Kovacs and Lucas Coutinho needed some extra tennis to get the job done at third doubles, but handled their opponent in the tiebreaker to take the point, 7-6 (6-0).
Vasheshnikov earned the first singles point of the day for the Vandals, defeating his opponent, 6-2, 6-1 at fifth singles. Odon Barta won at first singles, 6-3, 6-4.
Kovacs was in a battle with Felix Schuman at third singles, needing a tiebreaker to take the first set, 7-6 (4-0). Kovacs would go on to take the second set, 7-5, and secure the win for the Vandals.
The Vandals will take on Weber State in the championship on Sunday. Weber State finished the regular season 10-1 in Big Sky play, with the Vandals accounting for the lone loss. Idaho will be looking for its second straight Big Sky Championship and 12th overall.
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1. Jackson Varney/Artem Vasheshnikov def. Tim Handel/Ruben Montano – 6-4
2. Felipe Fonseca/Odon Barta vs. Lucas Taylor/Eden Peleg – No Result
3. Mark Kovacs/Lucas Coutinho def. Felix Schumann/Jackson Lee – 7-6 (6-0)
1. Odon Barta def. Tim Handel – 6-3, 6-4
2. Felipe Fonseca vs. Lucas Taylor – No Result
3. Mark Kovacs def. Felix Schuman – 7-6 (4-0), 7-5
4. Jackson Varney vs. Ruben Montano – No Result
5. Artem Vasheshnikov def. Jackson Lee – 6-2, 6-1
6. Thomas Fisher def. Lucas Coutinho – 6-3, 6-3