|Bulldogs deal Idaho first loss|
EUGENE, Ore. – The Idaho men’s tennis team suffered its first loss of 2014 on Saturday when Fresno State beat the Vandals 6-1 in Eugene, Ore.
“We need to compete better, they’re a good team but the final score is an indicator of how we showed up as a team and where we’re at right now,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “We talked after the match about what we need to bring and what we need to do moving forward to reach our potential because today was disappointing.”
The Bulldogs escaped doubles with an 8-7(5) win at No. 2 and an 8-3 win at No. 3 after the Vandals won 8-4 at the top spot, and Fresno State kept the momentum going in singles play with wins at five of the six singles positions. Odon Barta picked up Idaho’s lone singles win, a 6-3, 5-7, 10-5 win at No. 2.
While the 6-1 score appears lop-sided, the match was much closer than the result indicates. After narrowly missing out on the doubles point, Idaho’s Matt Oddonetto fell 7-5,6-4 at No. 6 singles and Jose Bendeck fell 6-3, 7-6(1) at the top spot. Cesar Torres fell just short of forcing a third set at No. 4 singles, falling 6-2, 7-5.
“It’s a match that honestly could have gone either way,” Beaman said. “We were up in the deciding doubles match at one point. A lot of the singles matches were rollercoasters. We lost to a good team but the guys are going to have to step up and show some pride to avoid this result in the future.”
The Vandals fall to 2-1 on the season with the loss. Idaho will visit Portland State on Sunday.