|Reed wins A-Flight at BSU|
BOISE, Idaho - The Idaho men's tennis team had a great performance at the Boise State Fall Classic over the weekend, highlighted by Lachlan Reed's championship in the A-Flight of the tournament.
Marius Cirstea advanced to the semi-finals in the A-Flight, before falling in three sets. Alan Shin won first and second-round matches to advance to the third round before falling one win short of the quarterfinal. Alex Joitoiu lost in the second round before bouncing back to win three straight matches to claim the championship of the consolation bracket.
"To have Lachlan win the top singles flight, Marius make the final-four and Alex win the consolation final of the A-Flight it shows those guys are playing at a very high level as we look towards the upcoming regional tournament," Idaho men's tennis coach Jeff Beaman said. "Alan Shin also had a great match run in the A-Flight defeating to make the third round, where he lost to Aaron Clissold from Oregon in a 7-6,3-6, 4-6 heartbreaker."
Reed , the No. 3 overall seed in the tournament, beat Seattle University's David Kovas 6-1; 6-2, Eastern Washington's Mario Navarro 6-0; 6-2, Oregon's Baptiste Faynot 4-6; 6-1; 6-2, Gonzaga's Zhia Hwa Chong 6-2; 6-0 and Boise State's Filipp Pogostkin 6-7; 6-2; 6-3 to claim the championship.
In the B-Flight, Abid Akbar won his first two matches to advance to the third round, while Jose Bendeck had a first-round bye and won his second round match before falling in the third round. Sam Lyons fell in the first round of the B-Flight, but bounced back to win his first match in the consolation bracket.
Idaho had the opportunity for an all-Vandal championship match in the A-Flight doubles bracket, as Reed and Akbar teamed up to advance to the semis, as well as Cirstea and Joitoiu on the other side of the bracket, but both duo's fell in the semi-finals.
"Alex and Marius had a great match to knock off the No. 2 seeded team from University of Oregon on Saturday night 8-2," Beaman said. "I feel overall our doubles is getting stronger but I still might make some adjustments with pairings other than Marius and Alex to help set our combinations for the spring team season when the doubles point is critical for team match scoring."
The Vandals conclude their fall season at the ITA Regional Championships Oct. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. Idaho's spring season kicks off on Jan. 22 at Eastern Washington.