|No. 44 UW tops Idaho|
SEATTLE – The Idaho men’s tennis team couldn’t quite get over the hump in a 5-2 loss at No. 44 Washington on Sunday.
“Today was a pretty good day of tennis in terms of the effort and competitiveness on the court,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “UW is a nationally ranked program and I like the way our guys took on the challenge. I would definitely consider this match a small step in the right direction of reaching our goals at the conference tournament.”
The Vandals (3-3) won 8-5 at No. 1 doubles but narrowly fell 8-6 at No. 2 and lost 8-3 at No. 3, conceding the point to the Huskies.
After straight-set UW wins at Nos. 1 and 2 singles, Jose Bendeck pulled out a 4-6, 7-5, 1-0(5) win at No. 3 and Cristobal Ramos Salazar won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. But Washington took 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-4 victories at Nos. 5 and 6 for the 5-2 win.
“I’m very proud of Cristobal for the work he’s put in,” Beaman said. “The results are showing that he can compete with nationally ranked players.”
The Vandals begin a stretch of five matches in one week when they visit Arizona on Feb. 15. The stretch includes Western Athletic Conference matches at New Mexico State and against Kansas City.
No. 44 Washington 5, Idaho 2