Utah State Men's Tennis Falls To Eastern Washington In First Home Match Of The Season
Senior Mike Banks wins at number four singles.
Senior Mike Banks wins at number four singles.

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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