Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Abid Akbar
MTEN wins two in Seattle
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 01/22/2012
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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
Match Results:
Doubles:
1. Ivan Castro / Alex Hamilton
(Pacific) def. Jose Bendeck/ Marius Cristea (Idaho) 8-3
2. Abid Akbar/ Cristobal Ramos Salazar (Idaho) def. Alex Golding / Erik Cederwall
(Pacific) 8-2
3. Tomasz Krzyszkowski / Ben Mirkin (Pacific) def. Andrew Dobbs/ Jake Knox (Idaho) 8-5

Singles:
1. Marius Cristea (Idaho) def. Ivan Castro (Pacific) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
2. Abid Akbar (Idaho) def. Alex Golding (Pacific) 6-3, 6-3
3. Tomasz Krzyszkowski (Pacific) def. Alan Shin (Idaho) 6-3, 6-7, 6-4
4. Ben Mirkin (Pacific) def. Cristobal Ramos Salazar (Idaho) 7-6 (0), 3-6, 6-4
5. Jose Bendeck (Idaho) def. Erik Cederwall (Pacific) 6-4, 6-2
6. Cesar Torres (Idaho) def. Valentim Goncalves Jr. (Pacific) 7-5, 6-2


Final Score: Idaho 4, Pacific 3

No. 57 Idaho vs. Seattle University
At Seattle Tennis Club - Seattle, Wash.
Doubles
Cirstea/Dobbs (Idaho) defeats Shkrebran/Meske (SU) 9-7
Akbar/Ramos Salazar (Idaho) defeats Plunkett/Malagutti (SU) 8-5
Bendeck/Knox (Idaho) defeats Lynch/Bediones (SU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1

Singles
Mark Shkrebtan (SU) defeats Marius Cirstea (Idaho) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Abid Akbar (Idaho) defeats Simon Meske(SU) 6-1, 6-4
Alan Shin (Idaho) defeats Andrew Anderson (SU) 6-0, 6-2
Cristobal Ramos Salazar (Idaho) defeats Flavio Malagutti (SU) 6-4, 6-2
Jose Bendeck (Idaho) defeats Kevin Lynch (SU) 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 10-4
Cesar Torres (Idaho) defeats Jason Bediones (SU) 6-4, 6-1
Order of Finish: 3, 6, 2, 4, 1, 5

Final Score: Idaho 6, Seattle 1

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