Bulldogs Off To A Fast Start In Boise
BOISE, Idaho- Sophomore Alvaro Nazal remained undefeated in singles play for Gonzaga men's tennis this season as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the Boise State Appleton Classic Friday.
"I saw a lot of positives from Friday," head coach Peter MacDonald said. "We have three guys in the quarterfinals of their draws. If we continue to play as we are, this could turn out to be a fantastic weekend."
The tournament consists of an orange and blue draw for both singles and doubles competition.
In the orange draw, Nazal the No. 8 seed defeated the University of Montana's Mikolaj Caruk 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the round of 16. He would clinch his berth to the quarterfinals after beating Eastern Washington University's Eduardo Martinez 6-0, 6-1.
"Alvaro is on a roll and playing well," Mac Donald said. "He is playing very confident and he is maintaining his composure during his matches. His hard work in the offseason is paying off."
Senior Olivier Jamin also picked up a victory in his orange draw match. He defeated Zach Kosanke from Seattle University 6-4, 6-2.
The Bulldog freshmen had a solid showing in the blue draw. Both Hayden Smith and Vicente Varas advanced to the round of 16.
Smith defeated Abilene Christian University's Gullherme 6-4, 6-1 in the round of 32 and will face Idaho State University's Austin Miller Saturday.
Varas beat Eastern Washington's Kyle Koetje 6-2, 6-4 to move into his round of 16 matchup against the University of Portland's Justin Guay.
"Our guys battled all day," MacDonald said. "The proof is in our results. We are pleased with our showing Friday but we will continue to push ourselves. Hopefully our play continues into Saturday."
In doubles, both Bulldog teams advanced in the orange draw. The duo of Nazal and Varas defeated Portland State University's Nate Chart and Dillon Triance 8-2. The other Bulldog pair of Levin Guillermo and Vladimir Mijatovic took down Zach Drost and Andrew Macfarland from Montana 8-6.
"I like the chemistry with our doubles this weekend," MacDonald said. "We will continue to work out different pairings but it is nice to see the guys have success."
Gonzaga is back on the court Saturday in the Boise State Appleton Classic at 9 a.m.