Aggie Men's Tennis Opens Weekend with Close Loss to Arizona
March 13, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. - Utah State men's tennis opened the weekend in Arizona with a hard-fought 3-4 loss to the host Wildcats Friday afternoon.
With the loss, the Aggies fall to 6-6 while Arizona improves to 10-7.
Doubles play began with Arizona taking the first match, as Kieren Thompson and Trevor James defeated senior Andrew Whiting and junior Sean Levesque, 8-2, at the third doubles position. Then, Naoki Takeda and Sumeet Shinde defeated the team of junior Marcus Fritz and freshman Dennis Baumgartner, 8-5, at the first position. The match between junior Matt Sweet and freshman Sebastian Schneider went unfinished, as the doubles point was clinched before the match ended.
Moving to singles play, the Wildcats jumped to a 3-0 score as James defeated Levesque (6-1, 6-0) at the No. 6 position and Thompson topped Baumgartner in another straight-set match (6-0, 6-1) at the No. 1 spot. Schneider got the Aggies on the board with a straight-set win over Matt Dunn (6-3, 6-1) at the No. 5 position, while senior Fredik Peterson was taken down by Takeda (6-1, 6-1) at the No. 3 spot to clinch the Wildcat win. Sweet had the only three-set match for USU Friday, defeating Urquidi, 4-6, 7-6, 11-9, at the No. 4 position. Fritz defeated Shinde at the No. 2
"Sebastian, Matt, and Marcus fought like warriors today. I was really proud of their effort, fight, and determination to win," said head coach Clancy Shields. "We will need everyone to be pulling their weight against Fresno State tomorrow."
Next up for the Aggies is a dual match against Fresno State tomorrow at 1 p.m. (MT) in Tucson in what will be USU's Mountain West opener.
Utah State - Arizona
1. Kieren Thompson (UA) def. Dennis Baumgartner (USU) 6-0, 6-1
2. Marcus Fritz (USU) def. Sumeet Shinde (UA) 7-5, 7-6
3. Naoki Takeda (UA) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-1, 6-1
4. Matt Sweet (USU) def. Mario Urquidi (UA) 4-6, 7-6, 11-9
5. Sebastian Schneider (USU) def. Matt Dunn (UA) 6-3, 6-1
6. Trevor James (UA) def. Sean Levesque (USU) 6-1, 6-0
1. Takeda/Shinde (UA) def. Baumgartner/Fritz (USU) 8-5
2. Schneider/Sweet (USU) vs. Urquidi/Dunn (UA) 5-6, unfinished
3. Thompson/James (UA) def. Levesque/Whiting (USU) 8-2
Order of Finish: Singles (6, 1, 5, 3, 4, 2) Doubles (3,1,UF)
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