Mustangs Defeat No. 61 Idaho To Finish Weekend Sweep

Go smu! Arturs Kazijevs
Go smu!
Arturs Kazijevs
Go smu!

March 31, 2013

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DALLAS (SMU) - SMU tallied its second win over a ranked team this spring with a 4-2 defeat of No. 61 Idaho at the Samuell Grand Tennis Center on Sunday. Arturs Kazijevs earned his fifth straight singles victory, improving his record to 9-4.

The Mustangs' (7-7) defeat of Idaho (18-3) caps off a sweep of their three-match homestand. SMU beat Marquette 6-1 on Friday and downed Oklahoma State 4-3 on Saturday. SMU is 7-3 in its last 10 matches.

"It was another good win today against another nationally-ranked team," Head Coach Carl Neufeld said. "It was a good weekend for our team, playing three tough matches in three days and going 3-0. This will serve us well as we move closer to championship season."

SMU didn't waste time snagging the doubles point, winning the first two matches quickly. The 75th-ranked duo of Kazijevs and Mischa Nowicki took an 8-5 decision against Abid Akbar and Marius Cirstea, while Gaston Cuadranti and Alex Sanders defeated Cristobal Ramos and Jose Bendeck 8-3. The Mustangs are now 19-14 in doubles this season.

Kazijevs, Cuadranti and Nate Lammons all provided singles victories for the Mustangs. Kazijevs and Cuadranti won in straight sets, while Lammons bounced back from a tiebreak loss in his second set to win the third frame 6-0. Nowicki and Cuadranti have each won their last three decisions.

SMU's next match will be at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday at 10 a.m. That meeting is the start of a three-match road trip for the Mustangs.

Tennis Match Results
Idaho vs SMU
3/31/2013 at Dallas, Texas

SMU 4, #61 Idaho 2

Singles competition
1. #124 Arturs Kazijevs (SMU) def. Dmitry Perevoshchiko (IDAHO) 6-0, 6-4
2. Abid Akbar (IDAHO) def. Pablo Perez-Esnaola (SMU) 7-5, 6-0
3. Gaston Cuadranti (SMU) def. Marius Cirstea (IDAHO) 6-3, 7-5
4. Jose Bendeck (IDAHO) def. Eduardo Razzeto (SMU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Mischa Nowicki (SMU) vs. Cesar Torres (IDAHO) unfinished
6. Nate Lammons (SMU) def. Cristobal Ramos (IDAHO) 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-0

Doubles competition
1. #75 Arturs Kazijevs/Mischa Nowicki (SMU) def. Abid Akbar/Marius Cirstea (IDAHO) 8-5
2. Gaston Cuadranti/Alex Sanders (SMU) def. Cristobal Ramos/Jose Bendeck (IDAHO) 8-3
3. Nate Lammons/Pablo Perez-Esnaola (SMU) vs. Dmitry Perevoshchiko/Cesar Torres (IDAHO) unfinished

Match Notes:
Idaho 18-3; National ranking #61
SMU 7-7