USU Men's Tennis Drops Close Match Against New Mexico State, 4-3, Saturday
Jan. 25, 2014
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Utah State's men's tennis team (1-3, 0-0 MW) came up a bit short in trying to earn its first road win of the year, losing a closely-contested match at New Mexico State Saturday afternoon, 4-3 in an all-Aggie battle.
Doubles play began with the visiting Aggies getting on the board first when the duo of junior Sean Levesque and freshman Dennis Baumgartner defeated NMSU's Strahinja Trecakov and Charles Baron, 6-3. Then, senior Fredrik Peterson and junior Marcus Fritz lost a close set against Marc Westgate and Liam Goldberg, 6-5. With the winner of the third match earning the doubles point, USU's duo of senior Andrew Whiting and junior Matt Sweet edged out NMSU's Paul Denele and Germain Degardin, 6-5.
Once singles began, the dual match evened up when Baumgartner lost to Denele in straight sets, 6-5, 6-1. Then, freshman Tomas Cosmai won his second-straight singles match, as he beat Baron, 6-2, 6-4.
New Mexico State evened the score back up to 2-2 when Degardin defeated Peterson in a back-and-forth match, 6-4, 6-5. Shortly after, however, Levesque would give Utah State the lead with a 6-5, 6-5 straight-sets win over Trecakov.
The last two matches went to the third set, where Sweet lost to Goldberg, 5-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Peterson lost to Westgate, 5-6, 6-5, 6-4.
The Aggies start a three-match homestand on Friday, Jan. 31 when the Montana Grizzlies come to Logan. First serve is set for 11 a.m. at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
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