Sports Briefs: 5/24/2017

Blanked by the Cardinal

The Idaho men’s tennis team received a not-so-warm welcome from Stanford in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Vandals fell to the Cardinal 4-0 May 12 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Stanford jumped out to an early lead following two wins in doubles competition.

In singles, junior Mark Kovacs fell 6-2, 6-3 to No. 11 Tom Fawcett. Sophomore Felipe Fonesca dropped his match in a tight contest against David Wilczynski 6-4, 7-6. Freshman Lucas Coutinho failed to secure a win during a tie-breaker against Brandon Sutter, giving Stanford the win.

The Vandals return to Moscow after concluding a 16-8 season. The Idaho men’s tennis team received a not-so-warm welcome from Stanford in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Vandals fell to the Cardinal 4-0 May 12 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Titles for the taking

Idaho stood out above the rest during the Big Sky track and field conference championship. In the 400-meter dash sophomore Kaizer Gillispie ran his way to a Big Sky title with a time of 46.52, the fastest in the conference this season.

Freshman Mack Baxter made his presence felt by taking first in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.64. Freshman Ben Doucette finished third in the 110-meter hurdles, while senior Nathan Stark also finished third in the 1500-meter race.

One and done

The women’s tennis team suffered a tough loss to Stanford in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Vandals competed without the help of senior Claire Yang, resulting in a forfeit in the first doubles match.

Junior Lucia Badillos and sophomore Marianna Petrei fell 6-3, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. The Vandals had to forfeit another match because of Yang’s absence in singles competition. Sophomore Maria Tavares had to end her match early due to an injury, putting Stanford up 3-0. Freshman Shion Watabe lost the final match 6-2, 6-0. 

Star-struck

Former Idaho tight end Trent Cowan paid a visit to the headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. Cowan and seven other free agents were invited to the The Star.

“The facilities were incredible. The coaching staff was awesome. It was just a great opportunity and a great experience,” Cowan said in a news release.

Cowan said he made a good first impression with the Cowboys, but did not sign a contract at the end of his stay.

Senior quarterback Matt Linehan’s uncle, Scott Linehan, will continue as the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator in 2017. Meanwhile, Cowan said he will continue to train in his hometown of Vancouver, Washington and wait for a call from an NFL team.

Brandon Hill can be reached at arg-sports@uidaho.edu or on Twitter @brandonmtnhill


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