|Men's tennis strong in Boise|
BOISE - The Idaho men's tennis team had another strong showing, highlighted by a doubles title for Jose Bendeck and Cesar Torres, as it continued fall play at the Boise State University Tournament over the weekend.
Bendeck and Torres went 4-0 in doubles with wins over pairings from Seattle U, Gonzaga and Abilene Christian, a transitional Division I program, to claim the title.
"Cesar is now 10-0 in doubles this fall with two tournament wins after not being in our doubles line-up last year, so his progress with his doubles game is exceptional," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "Across the board our doubles is looking great."
Also in doubles play, Filip Fichtel and Jake Knox advanced with an 8-4 win over a University of Oregon duo. Abid Akbar and Matt Oddonetto teamed up to advance to the semifinals before falling. Marius Cirstea, Akbar's usual doubles partner, did not make the trip.
"Filip and Jake's win over the No. 2 team from Oregon shows the level those guys can play at," Beaman said. "Abid making the doubles semifinal playing with Matt after Marius was not medically able to travel was a great showing."
In singles action, Akbar advanced to the quarterfinals with wins in his first two matches. He beat Zach Lubek of Portland State 6-0, 6-0 and avenged two losses to Oregon's Daniel Sardu last year with a 6-4, 7-6(4) win to reach the quarterfinals, where he fell 7-5, 6-3 to Boise State's Nathan Sereke.
"Abid continues to have a strong fall, beating Sardu from Oregon who defeated him twice last year shows the progress in his game," Beaman added.
Bendeck won his first singles match 6-3, 6-0 to advance to the second round, where he fell in three sets to eventual runner-up Hans Hach of ACU. Torres and Fichtel each advanced to the third round in their singles draw.
The Vandal men return to action Oct. 17-21 when they head to the ITA Mountain Regional Championship in Las Vegas, Nev. Idaho's final tournament of the fall season is Nov. 9-11 at the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate in Seattle, Wash.