|MTEN wins two in Seattle|
SEATTLE, Wash. - After dropping two of three doubles matches to lose the doubles point, the No. 57 Idaho men's tennis team rallied to win four out of six singles matches to escape with a 4-3 win over No. 75 Pacific Saturday. The Vandals then wrapped up a testing weekend of tennis with a 6-1 win over Seattle University Saturday night.
Idaho improves to 2-1 on the young season after opening its trip to Seattle with a loss to No. 26 Washington.
Maruis Cirstea and Abid Akbar picked up wins against Pacific at the top two singles spots for Idaho, while Jose Bendeck and Cesar Torres secured the team victory with singles wins at No. 5 and No. 6. Alan Shin and Cristobal Ramos Salazar, who played at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots for Idaho, each lost their singles matches in three sets, and both fell 6-4 in the final set.
"I was very impressed with how the team, all six singles guys, competed after losing the double point to win a hard fought match," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said.
In Idaho's win over Seattle U, the Vandals swept doubles play to win the doubles point, then won all but No. 1 singles to earn the 6-1 victory. Idaho's lone loss in the match came at No. 1 as Cirstea fell in three sets.
"Even though the players were physically drained they went out and competed really hard against a really scrappy Seattle team," Beaman said.
The Vandals continue play next weekend in Oregon as they take on No. 72 Oregon and Missouri-Kansas City in Eugene, Ore., on Jan. 28, and visit University of Portland on Jan. 29.
No. 57 Idaho vs. No. 75 Pacific
No. 57 Idaho vs. Seattle University
Final Score: Idaho 6, Seattle 1