Courtesy: Spencer Farrin (Moscow, Idaho)
Abid Akbar
Men's tennis snaps skid
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 04/01/2012
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LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The Idaho men's tennis team snapped its seven-match losing streak with a pair of wins, including one in Western Athletic Conference play over the weekend, topping UT Arlington 6-1 and New Mexico State 5-2 in Las Cruces, N.M.

The Vandals improve to 1-2 in WAC play and 10-13 overall with the wins. Idaho won the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and 3 spots over NMSU. Abid Akbar and Cristobal Ramos Salazar picked up singles wins at No. 2 and 3, and the Vandals clinched the victory with wins from Cesar Torres and Alan Shin at No. 5 and No. 6.

"It's great for our guys to get off the losing streak and get a conference win," Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. "Hopefully we can take this confidence forward as we continue the season."

Results from Idaho's match against UT Arlington are not yet available.

The Vandals continue play against Northern Arizona on April 6 in Moscow. The match is Idaho's only home match of the season.

"We're looking forward to returning home and playing a match on our home court next week," Beaman said.

The Vandals will wrap up the regular season with WAC matches against Utah State and Hawai'i on April 13 in Logan, Utah before the WAC championships April 27-29 back in Las Cruces.

Idaho at New Mexico State
April 1, 2012 at Las Cruces, N.M.
(NM State Tennis Complex)
 
Idaho 5, New Mexico State 2

Singles
No. 1: Matej Stakne (NMSU) def. Marius Cirstea (UI) 6-4, 6-4
No. 2: Abid Akbar (UI) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 6-3, 6-0
No. 3: Cristobal Ramos Salazar (UI) def.  Luis Ramirez (NMSU) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4: Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Jose Bendeck (UI) 4-6, 7-5, 10-5
No. 5: Cesar Torres (UI) def. Eduardo Cabrita (NMSU), 6-3, 6-2
No. 6: Alan Shin (UI) def. Patrick Pfister (NMSU), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles
No. 1: Westgate/Ramirez (NMSU) def. Bendeck/Ramos (UI), 8-6
No. 2: Akbar/Dobbs (UI) def. Degardin/Pfister (NMSU) 8-5
No. 3: Cirstea/Dobbs (UI) def. Stakne/Cabrita (NMSU) 9-8

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