M. Tennis: Controlling conference play

The Idaho men’s tennis team capped off the regular season with a 7-0 sweep over Portland State. The Vandals head to the Big Sky Tournament after winning their last six conference matchups.

Doubles play opened with all three Idaho pairs taking down their opponents. With an early lead, the Vandals turned to a strong outing in the singles competition to claim their final regular season win of the year.

Junior Mark Kovacs led off in the No. 1 spot with a 6-3, 7-6 win. Kovacs locked down his fourteenth singles victory of the season.

Idaho was quick to dominate matchups the entire day. The team’s only three-set win came from junior Felipe Fonseca when he outlasted his foe 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

The wins continued to roll in for the Vandals. Freshman Carlos Longhi Neto was next to join the party. He defeated his challenger 6-4, 6-4, to give Idaho the four-point lead necessary to take the matchup.

Despite already beating the competition, freshman Esteban Santibanez did not slow down. Santibanez competed in the No. 4 spot and won his matchup 6-3, 6-1.

After another pair of two-set victories, the Vandals regular season came to an end. The No. 2 seeded Vandals clinched a spot in the semifinal round of the tournament.

Idaho returns to action April 28 for the Big Sky Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona.

Zack Ozuna can be reached at arg-sports@uidaho.edu or on Twitter @OzunaZack21


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