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MTEN | Gaels Drop Close 4-3 Match to Idaho
Release: Monday 03/09/2012 
by SMC Athletics
MORAGA, Calif. - The Saint Mary's men's tennis team dropped a close 4-3 match on Friday to Idaho at the Timothy Korth Tennis Complex. After the Gaels won an exciting doubles point, the Vandals stormed back in singles play to take four-of-six matches to earn the win.

Saint Mary's falls to 4-8 with the loss, while Idaho evens their record to 6-6 with the win.

The Gaels got the day off on a positive note by winning an exciting doubles point. Seif El Sherbini and Sherif Hamdy won the first match on court three, defeating Jake Knox and Cristobal Ramos Salazar, 8-3. After the Vandals won an 8-5 match on court two, Maxime Olivan and Saad Benkirane won a back-and-forth match on court two to give the Gaels the first point of the day. Olivan and Benkirane continued to battle back by winning their serve throughout the match and then dominated the tiebreaker to earn a 9-8 (8-0) win.

Idaho stormed back in singles play and earned the necessary four wins to take the match. The Vandals earned wins on courts two, three, and four before the Gaels' senior Gavin Leon had to retire on court six due to injury which gave Idaho the win. Olivan won his match on court three over Cirstea, 6-3. 6-2, before the match was claimed to keep things close.

After the match was decided, Seif El Sherbini defeated Alan Shin on court five, 7-5, 2-6, (10-2), to give the Gaels the third point of the match.

Saint Mary's returns to play on Tuesday, March 20 at home against San Francisco.