Utah State Men's Tennis Defeats Idaho, 4-3, For First Win Over Vandals Since 2007
Feb. 28, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's tennis team (6-5, 0-0 MW) defeated former Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho on Friday, 4-3, to give the Aggies their first win over Idaho since 2007, as freshman Dennis Baumgartner earned two wins over regionally ranked opponents.
"A lot of good things came up today; another great crowd on a friday, middle of the day. So for Aggie nation that's awesome, thanks for coming out," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "Idaho has been one of the top teams in the region. Our guys beat the No. 1-ranked doubles team in the region, and Dennis (Baumgartner) beat the No. 12-ranked regional player. So for our guys, I know that's small, but at the same time, confidence is a tricky thing in tennis. Once you start believing you can beat good teams, then watch out. It's an exciting thing for our team; gives us a lot of confidence."
The Aggies opened up doubles play with a quick, 8-1 win by freshman Sebastian Schneider and junior Matt Sweet at the second doubles position over Matt Oddonetto and Odon Barta. However, Idaho evened up the doubles score when Artemiy Nikitin and Cesar Torres defeated senior Andrew Whiting and junior Sean Levesque, 8-6, at the third position. Then, with the doubles point on the line, Baumgartner and junior Marcus Fritz defeated the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's No. 1-ranked team in the Mountain Region, Jose Bendeck and Cristobal Salazar, in a tie breaker, winning 8-7 (7-1) at the first position.
The Vandals tied the dual match score at 1-1 in singles play when Bendeck defeated Fritz, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 2 spot. However, Sweet gave the lead back to the Aggies with a straight sets win, 6-4, 6-4, over Barta at the No. 4 spot. Idaho then tied the match for a second time when Salazar beat senior Fredrik Peterson, 7-5, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.
Baumgartner gave the Aggies a 3-2 lead when he defeated the ITA's No. 12-ranked singles player in the Mountain Region when he defeated Nikitin in straight sets, 7-6, 6-4. Levesque clinched the dual match for the Aggies when he won his match at the No. 6 spot, 6-2, 6-1, over Sam Laudon at the No. 6 spot. With the dual match won for the Aggies, the two teams decided to finish the No. 5 spot's match where Torres defeated Schneider in a tie breaker, 2-6, 6-4, 10-6.
Next up for Utah State is a trip to Tucson, Ariz. for three matches against Arizona, Fresno State and Saint Mary's on March 13, 14 and 15 respectively. The start times for the first two matches is 1 p.m. (MT) while the third match is slated for 11 a.m.
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RESULTS Utah State 4 - Idaho 3 Singles