LAS VEGAS – For the third year in a row, a pairing from the Idaho men’s tennis team has won the doubles draw at the ITA Mountain Regional tournament, as Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos Salazar won three doubles matches Sunday to clinch a spot in the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships next month.
Bendeck and Ramos Salazar beat New Mexico State’s pairing of Thomas Douglas and Naveen Manivannan 8-4 in the quarterfinals, New Mexico’s Rodolfo Juaregui and Hayden Sabatka 8-1 in the semifinals and Boise State’s Brendan McClain and Garrett Patton 8-2 in the finals for Idaho’s third straight title.
“Jose and Cristobal had an extraordinary tournament,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “To go out and dominate in the semifinals and finals against very good opponents shows the level that they can play. If they can play at that level they definitely have a shot to win the National Indoors.”
The duo will travel to Flushing, N.Y., for the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships, played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the site of the US Open, Nov. 7-10.
Idaho’s Marius Cirstea and Abid Akbar won the Mountain Region doubles draw last year to reach the National Indoor Championships, while Cirstea and Andrew Dobbs teamed up to win the tournament in 2011.
“It’s a point of pride to win this tournament three years in a row in doubles,” Beaman said. “It shows that the players are committed to learning the strategies and how to play doubles.”