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Utah State Men's Tennis Falls To Eastern Washington In First Home Match Of The Season

Jan. 17, 2009

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's tennis team fell, 5-2, in its first home match of the season against Eastern Washington here Saturday. The Aggies are now 0-2 on the season.

USU's two points came from senior Mike Banks and freshman Jordan Barlow in singles action. Banks won at number four singles, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, against EWU's David Pez, and Barlow won at number six singles in a quick, 6-1, 6-1, match against the Eagles Kevin Anderson. At number one singles, sophomore Jakob Asplund battled hard but fell, 7-6, 7-6, to EWU's Kyle Schraeder.

In doubles play, juniors Amit Maharaj and Alex Thatchet notched an 8-5 win for Utah State at the No. 2 spot, but Eastern Washington won the doubles point as Schraeder and Nico Riego de Dios defeated Asplund and sophomore Bryan Marchant, 8-6, and Pez and Anderson posted a 9-8 win against Banks and Barlow at the number three spot.

The Aggies will continue action Monday, Jan. 19, as they play at in-state rival Utah at 11a.m.

1. Schraeder/ Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Asplund/Marchant (USU) - 8-6
2. Maharaj/Thatcher (USU) def. Karas/Norling (EWU) - 8-5
3. Pez/Anderson (EWU) def. Banks/Barlow (USU) - 9-8

1. Kyle Schraeder (EWU) def. Jakob Asplund (USU) - 7-6, 7-6
2. Nico Riego de Dios (EWU) def. Amit Maharaj (USU) - 7-5, 6-2
3. Art Karas (EWU) def. Bryan Marchant (USU) - 0-6, 6-2, 6-0
4. Mike Banks (USU) def. David Pez (EWU) - 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
5. Kenneth Norling (EWU) def. Alex Thatcher (USU) - 6-4, 6-4
6. Jordan Barlow (USU) def. Kevin Anderson (EWU) - 6-1, 6-1



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