Jan. 20, 2014
LOGAN, Utah. - Utah State's men's tennis team (1-1, 0-0 MW) used a doubles sweep and big performances from two freshmen, Dennis Baumgartner and Tomas Cosmai, to beat the Idaho State Bengals (0-1), 5-2, on Monday in front of a standing-room-only crowd, with Cosmai earning the match-clinching victory.
"The player he beat today; he lost to in the fall," said head coach Clancy Shields. "It is great to be able to come back and to beat a guy he lost to in the past and to clinch the match for us. It's just funny how your numbers called, and it was called today, and he was able to step up. I'm really proud of Tomas and proud of our guys."
The Aggies started the day strong, with all three doubles teams earning victories to take the doubles point.
The doubles team of Baumgartner and junior Curran Wearmouth defeated Idaho State's Daniel Loebel and Bjorn Scheepbouwer by a score of 6-4, while the team of senior Andrew Whiting and junior Matt Sweet won their match 6-5 over Austin Miller and Jamey Swiggart to clinch the doubles point. Utah State's team of the Swedes, senior Fredrik Peterson and junior Marcus Fritz, beat Krzysztof Stempien and Josh Goodwin 6-4.
In singles, Baumgartner raced out to a straight-sets win against Stempien in the No. 1 singles position, 6-2, 6-3, to put The Aggies up 2-0 in the aggregate score. Next, Sweet battled back from two different two-point deficits to defeat Goodwin in another straight-sets match, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 4 singles position.
Idaho State took the next two games when Miller deafeated Fritz, 6-3, 3-6, 6-5, and Swiggart defeated Peterson, 6-2, 1-6, 6-4, to make the aggregate score 3-2 in favor of the Aggies.
Cosmai then clinched the match-winning fourth point with another straight-sets win in the No. 6 singles position against Scheepbouwer, 6-0, 6-3, to give Utah State its first win on the season.
Whiting finished his match in the No. 5 singles position with a 6-4, 6-2 straight-set win to make the final score 5-2 for Utah State.
The Aggies hit the road Friday to face Texas A&M Corpus Christi and former Western Athletic Conference foe New Mexico State in Las Cruces, N.M. on the Jan. 24, and Jan. 25 respectively.
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RESULTS: Idaho State at Utah State Men's Tennis Singles
Dennis Baumgarnter (USU) def. Krzysztof Stempien (ISU) 6-2, 6-3 (Order of finish: 1) Jamey Swiggart (ISU) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 (Order of finish: 4) Austin Miller (ISU) def. Marcus Fritz (USU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-5 (Order of finish: 3) Matt Sweet (USU) def. Josh Goodwin (ISU) 6-3, 6-4 (Order of finish: 2) Andrew Whiting (USU) def. Daniel Loebel (ISU) 6-4, 6-2 (Order of finish: 6) Tomas Cosmai (USU) def. Bjorn Scheepbouwer (ISU) 6-0, 6-3 (Order of finish: 5)
Fritz/Peterson (USU) def. Stempien/Goodwin (ISU) 6-4 (Order of finish: 3) Sweet/Whiting (USU) def. Miller/Swiggart (ISU) 6-5 (Order of finish: 2) Baumgartner/Wearmouth (USU) def. Loebel/Scheepbouwer (ISU) 6-4 (Order of finish: 1)
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