|Arizona edges Idaho|
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho men's tennis team swept the doubles point, but Arizona made a charge in singles play to defeat the Vandals 4-3 Saturday in Boise.
After winning the doubles point and the No. 4 and 6 singles matches but falling at the top three singles spots, the overall match was tied 3-3, with the No. 5 singles match in a third set. But Idaho's Cesar Torres fell 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 to Arizona's Kieron Thompson for the deciding point.
"This is a disappointing loss to a very talented team," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "Cesar had a match point which would have given us the team win but their player kept playing to win and coming up big."
Marius Cirstea fell in three sets at the top singles spot and Cristobal Ramos-Salazer fell in three sets at No. 3 singles, while Abid Akbar lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Jose Bendeck won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4 singles and Alan Shin, Idaho's all-time singles wins leader, won a three-set match at No. 6.
"We played great in doubles winning all three spots and I was very happy with our 4, 5, 6 guys and their effort and mental focus but I am frustrated with what I got from my 1, 2, 3 guys in singles," Beaman said. "Cristobal is a first-semester freshman and he needs experience, so mental ups and downs are to be expected, but Abid and Marius need to get their mental approach back to where they were earlier this spring for us to compete."
The Vandals will take on Nevada in the first round of the Boise State tournament on March 23rd. Idaho will play opponents to be determined later on March 23rd and on the 24th in the tournament.