|Men's tennis drops two|
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 66 Idaho men's tennis team dropped a pair of matches to ranked opponents to open its Nebraska road trip over the weekend, falling 7-0 to No. 73 Drake on Saturday and 6-1 to No. 38 Nebraska on Sunday
Idaho's Cristobal Ramos Salazar and Jose Bendeck won 8-7 at No. 2 doubles against Drake, but the Vandals lost at No. 1 and 3 doubles to lose the doubles points. The Vandals forced three-setters at No. 1 and 2 singles, but couldn't finish out a point in singles play, falling 7-0.
"Drake is a strong team that is playing well," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "We're in a bit of a rebuilding year, that means we need every guy on the team stepping up and putting everything into every match to have a chance to compete against those teams. If even one or two guys come up a little short, we're not going to compete with those top teams right now."
Idaho dropped the doubles point to the No. 38 Cornhuskers, and won its only point at No. 5 singles, where Alan Shin topped Erick Sock 6-3, 6-4.
"Nebraska is another strong opponent that's nationally ranked," Beaman said. "Looking forward, there are bright spots, we're developing. But I need 100 percent from every guy for every match to start getting the results this year."
The Vandals will wrap up the weekend against Creighton at noon on Monday in Omaha, Neb.
"They're a solid team that's not in the rankings, but it's a good team," Beaman said of Creighton. "With where were at right now, it's another match that our effort and our intensity will determine the outcome."
No. 73 Drake vs. No. 66 Idaho
No. 38 Nebraska vs. No. 66 Idaho