|Idaho duo drops close call|
FLUSHING, N.Y. – The Idaho men’s tennis duo of Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Ramos Salazar nearly reached the quarterfinals at the National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships on Thursday before falling 8-7(2) to Florida State’s pairing of Benjamin Lock and Marco Nunez.
“The guys had a really tough match,” Idaho coach Jeff Beaman said. “We were up and had chances to break serve it out then the other team really stepped up and played at a very high level.”
The Idaho pairing was in the round of 16 after a first-round bye in the tournament.
“It was not the result we wanted but it was a good performance in terms of how we competed,” Beaman said. “I’m looking forward towards the consolation. Hopefully the guys can use this match to believe they can compete with every team here and make an impact in the consolation.”
In the consolation round, Idaho's pairing was matched up against David O'Hare and Joe Salisbury of Memphis, and fell 8-6 in another close match.
"It was another close match that we had chances in," Beaman said. "One bad game at this level and that can be it. I spoke with the guys about what we need to learn from this event and I feel it will make us better for this spring."