Jan. 28, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. --- The University of Portland men's tennis team dominated its second opponent in as many days, defeating the University of Idaho Vandals 6-1 Sunday afternoon at the Louisiana-Pacific Tennis Center. Portland, which beat Gonzaga 6-1 on Saturday, improves to 2-0 in dual matches. The Vandals drop to 0-3 on the season.
"Going 2-0 is a good start," Portland head coach Aaron Gross said. "Both of the teams we beat are much improved programs that have upgraded their talent this year."
In singles, four Pilots won their singles matches in straight sets. Redshirt freshman Filip Zivkovic downed Stanislov Glukhov 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2; senior Colby Jager earned the point at the No. 3 position by disposing of Robert Chalkley 6-3, 6-1; sophomore Joel Kincaid breezed past Timothy Huynh 6-3, 6-2 in the fourth position and junior Charlie Yemm cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Paulo Miranda.
Pilot senior Alex Strom earned a hard-fought 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) win at the No. 1 position over John Hieb. Idaho's lone win came in the No. 6 position with Joel Trudel defeated Portland freshman Evan Schleining 7-5, 4-6, (10-6).
"The top of our lineup did a good job of setting the tone early for a good result," Gross said.
The doubles point went down to the wire, but the Pilots were able to take all three matches. Schleining and Kincaid eased to an 8-3 win over Mirander and Trudel, but the other two matches required Pilot comebacks.
Zivkovic and Jager won the final four games to clinch an 8-5 win over Glukhov and Huynh, while Strom and partner Scott Kennel earned a 9-7 comeback victory over Trudel and Miranda.
The Pilots will next take the court at Oregon on Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.
"Our next three to four matches are going to be tough tests," Gross said. "We'd like to have more time to develop before facing such tough teams early in the season, but they are in the same boat as us. This will be a good early-season gauge for our program."
After Oregon, the Pilots will return to Eugene and face No. 70 UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 10 and No. 73 Brigham Young on Feb. 11. The Pilots will then travel and play at No. 18 Washington on Feb. 16, before returning home to host Linfield and Whitman in a doubleheader on Feb. 24.