|Tennis teams come home|
MOSCOW -- After spending nearly the first three months of the season on the road, the Idaho men's and women's tennis teams are preparing to play in Moscow for the first time in the 2012 spring season when the Vandal women host Weber State on April 6 at 10 a.m., and the men take on Northern Arizona at 3 p.m. that day.
The Idaho women enter the week having won 10 of their last 12 matches, and own a 14-5 record overall. The Vandals will take on a Weber State team with an 0-17 record this season, which Idaho coach Dan Pollock said is a bit misleading.
"Weber State has had a tough season so far, but their record is somewhat deceiving," Pollock said. "They have had several close matches with strong opponent so we can't take them lightly. If we go out and play with a lot of positive energy and bring our A-games then I'm confident we'll have a great start to our home campaign and provide Vandal fans with some entertaining tennis."
The match kicks off a string of three straight at home for the Vandal women, as they play host to WAC foe Nevada on April 13 and Oregon on April 14. The Vandals will visit San Francisco on April 19 and San Jose State on April 20 before hosting Louisiana Tech on April 22 in the regular season finale.
"It's exciting to be back in Moscow and preparing to play on our home courts for the first time this season," Pollock said. "The team has done a great job of coping with all the early season travel miles we've put in, but I'm sure they can't wait to have a few weekends of home matches and to play in front of their home fans."
The Vandal men have won back-to-back matches entering Friday's contest against NAU. The team owns a 10-13 overall record, and is playing at home for the only time this season. Northern Arizona enters with a 4-14 record this season.
"NAU is a talented team that has always given us tough matches in the past," Idaho men's coach Jeff Beaman said. "We need to continue our momentum we built this past weekend as we get ready for our very important WAC matches in Logan and the conference tournament later this month."
The men wrap up the regular season on April 13 in Logan, Utah with WAC matches against Utah State and Hawai'i.
If the weather in Moscow doesn't permit the matches to be played outdoors on Friday, the teams will play in Lewiston, with the women starting at 1 p.m. and the men following.
The WAC men's and women's tennis championships are April 26-29 in Las Cruces, N.M.