POCATELLO, Idaho- ISU men's tennis defeated conference rival Weber State Saturday 5-2. This is the first time the Bengals have defeated Weber State since Feb. 14, 2006. ISU's win breaks a 13-match losing streak to the Wildcats and ISU is now 11-13 against WSU. It is the first time that Idaho State has started Big Sky play 3-0. (All-time results cover 2003-12).
“It was an incredibly hard fought match today,” ISU Head Coach Bobby Goeltz said. “We battled hard for every point and I am incredibly proud of how positive and focused this team has been.”
The Bengals were able to clinch the doubles point with victories in the No.1 and No.3 spots. The senior team of Charles Norman and Nate Gross and sophomore team of Krzysztof Stempien and Andres Coellodefeated their opponents to gain the point.
In singles action, Jamey Swiggart overpowered Sanjay Goswami in the No.5 spot 6-1, 7-5. Nate Gross fought to overcome Caio Poitena in the No 4 position 6-2, 3-6, 7-4.
Stempien played a tough match against Oliver Good in the No. 3 position. At this point in the match the Bengals were up 3-2. In the tight match, Good had a chance to win with a match point opportunity but Stempien kept fighting and ultimately defeated Good in the tie break match, 6-4, 5-7, 8-6. Stempien's point clinched the victory for the Bengals.
Austin Miller was still in the midst of his match against Ryan Garner when the Bengals learned they earned the victory over the Wildcats. Miller stayed focused and was able to overcome Garner in the No. 6 spot, 7-6, 6-7, 10-7.
Christian Marian played against Jakub Gewert in the No.1 position but ultimately fell in the tie-break match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Norman was defeated by Todd Fought in the No. 2 spot, 6-4, 6-2.
The ISU men will play at home when they face Sacramento State, March 17, at 3 p.m.
POCATELLO, Idaho- ISU women's tennis earned its first win of the 2013 season Saturday after defeating conference rival Weber State Saturday, 4-3. The Bengals improve to 1-2 in conference play and the Wildcats fall to 1-2. The win is the first conference win for the Bengals over Weber State in program history.
“I think the women watched the men battle for their win and followed suit,” ISU Head CoachBobby Goeltz said. “They fought hard and gained momentum from one another. They didn't give up and I am very proud of their effort today.”
The Bengal win came from four singles victories.Kasey Bacon played a hard match against Ashley Tanner in the No. 2 spot. Bacon overcame Tanner in the tiebreaker match, 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.
Freshman Madelyn Weltzin gained her first win as a Bengal with her triumph over Thais Kurer in the No. 4 spot, 6-2, 6-2.Laura Theus defeated Michelle Warwick in the No. 5 position, 6-2, 6-4.
Tied 3-3, the match rested on the shoulders of junior Zamira Vasquez in the No. 6 position. Vasquez overpowered Annika Karlsen of WSU, 6-4, 6-2 to secure the victory for the Bengals.
The Bengals were unable to clinch the doubles point.
Marian Tangarife fell to Kristi Elmer in the No. 1 position, 6-0, 6-1. Svenja Tegtmeier played hard against Nittaya Phonharath in the No. 3 spot. Tegtmeier was defeated by Phonharath in the tie break match, 7-9, 6-4, 6-2.
The women's will return to action when they take on Sacramento State on March 15 at home. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.