|Men's tennis beats Liberty|
HONOLULU - The No. 63 Idaho men's tennis team fought its way to a 5-2 victory over Liberty University on Wednesday in Honolulu, Hawai'i.
Idaho edged Liberty in the doubles point, splitting 8-5 and 8-6 decisions at Nos. 1 and 2 before clinching the point with a 9-7 win at No. 3 doubles. The Vandals carried that momentum into singles where they won four of six matches, losing only a pair of three-setters at No. 3 and No. 6. The Vandals improve to 14-1 on the season with the win.
"This was a nice win," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "We barely got the doubles point and really struggled with the conditions, heat and humidity at the start, but found a way to pull out the doubles point which really gave us momentum heading into singles where the guys took care of business."
No. 122 Dmitry Perevoshchikov won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles to move to 13-0 in singles play on the season. Marius Cirstea won 7-6(8), 6-4 at No. 2, Jose Bendeck won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4 and Cristobal Ramos Salazar won 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5.
The Vandals face University of Hawai'i and Whitman College on March 15.
"This was a good win against a very good opponent and it really will get us ready for Hawai'i on Friday, who is always very tough at home on the island," Beaman said.
No. 63 Idaho 5, Liberty 2