March 23, 2013
The Southern Miss men's tennis team split matches on the opening day of the Boise State Springhill Suites Invitational after losing to No. 62 Idaho 4-2 before bouncing back to take the evening match with a 6-1 victory over Marquette.
Southern Miss upped its record to 14-7.
Against Idaho, the Vandals took the early 1-0 after winning two of the three doubles. Paulo Alvarado and Juan Escobar posted an 8-5 win over Dmitry Perevoshchikov and Matt Oddonetto (UI) at No. 3 doubles. Idaho took wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles.
In singles competition, Benjamin Feldmann lost to Marius Cirstea (IU) on court 3 by a score of 6-4, 7-6 (2).
The Golden Eagles earned their first point of the match when Matt Frost defeated No. 122 Dmitry Perevoschikov on court 1 in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. Southern Miss then tied the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win by Alvarado at No. 5 singles over Cesar Torres.
Idaho's Abid Akbar topped Andrew Goodwin 7-6 (2), 6-4 on court 2 before Jose Bendeck clinched the match for the Vandals at No. 3 singles with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Vasco Valverde.