Men's Tennis Wins Fifth Straight, Beats Idaho 7-0
Feb. 6, 2018
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Gonzaga men's tennis battled Idaho right down to the wire on nearly every court, but came away with the 7-0 win over the Vandals on Tuesday evening at the Stevens Center.
GU (5-0) got the doubles point in tiebreak fashion and then used tiebreaks in each clinching game of the final two singles courts that sealed the match over the Vandals (0-2). The shutout score appeared to be a wide margin, but GU won a three-setter on four of the six singles courts.
"We all just fought so hard, nobody wanted to lose," head coach Peter MacDonald said. "Idaho is a tough team, and they really battled us hard today. All of our guys, they are in it together. This could have easily gone either direction. Bryan Husin, down on Court 5, found a way to crawl back into that match. It was big deal because it's the difference of it being a one-all tie, or us being up 1-0 and still being out there. It was great to see him fight back and extend that second set. It helped the team mentally. Overall, this was a really important match that will prepare us for UC Davis and our future matches."
The Zags started off the day with a doubles win that came down to a tiebreak on No. 1 between GU's Sam Feit and Ruadhan O'Sullivan and Idaho's Mark Kovacs and Carlos Longhi Neto. After falling down 6-5, the GU duo came back to hold serve and force a tiebreak, which they won 7-5. On No. 2, Vincent Rettke and Kyle Everly put the Zags in position with a 6-4 win.
GU's Sam Feit pushed the Gonzaga lead to 2-0 with his straight-set win on No. 1. He took down the Vandals' Mark Kovacs 6-2, 6-3 for the victory. On No. 3, Rettke then followed that up with a 7-6(1), 7-6(3) win in straight sets to give GU a 3-0 lead.
With all four of the remaining matches in third sets, the Zags needed just one more victory to clinch the match. On No. 6, GU's Everly came through in the clutch with a tiebreak win in the third set, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3) to give GU the victory.
Emilio Moreno, O'Sullivan and Bryan Husin then added three more singles wins, all in three sets. Moreno won 6-0, 5-7, 6-2, O'Sullivan won in comeback fashion 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, and Husin also came back to win 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-4.
The Zags will be back on the court inside the Stevens Center this coming Sunday when they face UC Davis at Noon. Live video and stats are available on the men's tennis schedule page at GoZags.com.
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