Men’s tennis drops 6-1 decision Sunday at Sacramento State
The Idaho State men’s tennis team fell 6-1 Sunday at Sacramento State Sunday afternoon. The Bengals won the doubles point, but were topped in a string of tight singles matches.
“It was a tough loss today and the score line doesn’t truly reflect how competitive the match was,” Bengals coach Mark Rodel said. “The guys came out and played exceptional doubles winning at No. 2 and No. 1 to take the doubles point. Unfortunately, playing outdoors and at low altitude proved just too much of a difficult combination for us to overcome, although I’m proud of the way the guys competed.”
David Felix and Gary Rendek opened play with a dominant 6-1 win at No. 2 doubles. It was the 10th win for the duo, which is now 10-2 this season. Peter Trhac and Fynn Lohse followed with a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles to clinch the point for the Bengals.
The Hornets won every match in singles play, but eight of the 14 sets were decided by two games or less. Felix lost by nearly as small of a margin as one can at No. 1 singles. After taking the first set 3-6, he narrowly lost a tiebreaker 7-6 (5). He and Sac State’s Mikus Losbergs had to play another tiebreaker to determine the winner in the third set. Losbergs edged Felix 7-6 (4) to take the win.
Felix’s doubles partner, Rendek, also won the first set before suffering a close loss in the super tiebreak. ISU’s No. 5 dropped the match 5-7, 6-2, 10-7. Court No. 6 featured another close battle between Francis Filipovich and Sac State’s Donald Hall. Filipovich hung tight before dropping the match 6-4, 7-5.
Idaho State has one match remaining before the Big Sky Conference Championship from April 26-29. The Bengals take on Portland State at 2 p.m. Friday in Reed Gym. The team will recognize Felix, Filipovich and Trhac for senior day.