Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Jake Knox
Men's tennis wins twice
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/13/2012
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LOGAN, Utah - The Idaho men's tennis team clinched a second-place finish in the Western Athletic Conference standings with a pair of WAC victories over Hawai'i and Utah State on Friday.

Idaho's two wins came in vastly different fashions, as the Vandals topped Hawa'i 4-3 in the first match of the day, before topping Utah State 6-1 in the regular season finale.

"Today is a great day for Idaho tennis" Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "To clinch second place in the conference is a huge step for our program. Our guys just kept battling through a tough day of tennis and I'm proud of our whole team."

The Vandals close the regular season with a 13-13 overall record and a 3-2 mark in WAC play, and won their last five regular season matches.

Abid Akbar and Cesar Torres were the only Vandal players to win both of their singles matches on the day, doing so at the No. 2 and No. 5 spots, respectively. Marius Cirstea won a tight three-setter at the No. 1 singles spot against Hawai'i, but was the only Vandal to fall in singles play against Utah State.

The Vandals swept the doubles point in their 4-3 win over Hawai'i, and also won the doubles point against Utah State after winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions.

The Vandals will be the No. 2 seed in the WAC tournament, which begins April 27 in Las Cruces, N.M.

Idaho 4, Hawai'i 3

1. Jose Bendeck/Cristobal Ramos-Salazar (UI) def. Jonathan Brooklyn/Dmytro Kovalyov (UH) 8-5

2. Abid Akbar/Andrew Dobbs (UI) def. Jared Spiker/Carter Lam (UH) 8-3

3. Marius Cirstea/Filip Fichtel (UI) def. Chas Okamoto/Charlie Rice (UH) 8-3 


1. Marius Cirstea (UI) def. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

2. Abid Akbar (UI) def. Chas Okamoto (UH) 6-2, 6-3

3. Dmytro Kovalyov (UH) def. Cristobal Ramos-Salazar (UI) 6-2, 6-4

4. Nils Schuhmann (UH) def. Jose Bendeck (UI) 6-4, 7-6

5. Cesar Torres (UI) def. Jared Spiker (UH) 6-4, 6-3

6. Danilo Casanova (UH) def. Alan Shin (UI)  6-3, 6-4

University of Idaho 6, Utah State 1

1. Sven Poslusny (USU) def. Marius Cirstea (UI) 6-4, 6-3

2. Abid Akbar (UI) def. Marcus Fritz (USU) 6-2, 6-1

3. C. Ramos Salazar (UI) def. Matt Sweet (USU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Jose Bendeck (UI) def. Lenny Whiting (USU) 6-3, 2-6, 6-2

5. Cesar Torres (UI) def. Nate Ballam (USU) 7-5, 3-6, 13-11

6. Alan Shin (UI) def. Curran Wearmouth (USU) 6-3, 6-4


1. Sven Poslusny/Marcus Fritz (USU) def. Jose Bendeck/C. Ramos Salazar (UI) 9-8

2. Abid Akbar/Andrew Dobbs (UI) def. Andrew Whiting/Lenny Whiting (USU) 8-5

3. Marius Cirstea/Filip Fichtel (UI) def. Nate Ballam/Matt Sweet (USU) 9-8

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