|Men's Tennis Season Ends At WAC Tournament|
FRESNO, Calif - The University of Idaho men's tennis team had its amazing season to come to an end at the semifinals of the WAC tournament. The Vandals fell 4-1 to No. 43 Hawaii on Saturday.
Idaho Director of Tennis Jeff Beaman stressed the importance of doubles throughout the tournament but Idaho lost the point in an two extremely close doubles matches.
"Our key to this match was the doubles and losing a very close doubles point put a lot of pressure on us going into the singles," Beaman said. "We had our chances but Hawaii is a very deep team and played great."
No. 1 seed and eventual tournament champions Hawaii proved their quality jumping on Idaho early in singles. The Vandals could not recover and Artem Kuznetsov nabbed Idaho's lone point in the match after Andreas Weber retired in the first set.
The loss does not diminish the fantastic season Idaho had including winning the program's first match in the WAC tournament and earning its highest national ranking ever.
"I feel this years team had a strong year and accomplished a lot of the goals I have set for this program including being nationally ranked, having a 20 win season and advancing in the WAC tournament," Beaman said.
The loss marks the end of the road for three Vandal seniors. Four-year starter Stanislav Glukhov made key contributions to getting the program were it is today. Transfers Artem Kuznetsov and Adrian Simon added depth at the top of the lineup and improved the overall play of the team.
"Looking towards next year it will be hard to replace our three seniors as all were a vital part of our singles and doubles line-up but we do have some very strong players coming in, so hopefully we keep the momentum going," Beaman said.