March 22, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - In a match that was closer than the final score would indicate, Utah State men's tennis (7-8, 0-1 MW) fell to Montana, 7-0, in Boise, Idaho on Saturday. With the loss, the Aggies split the season series with the Grizzlies after a 5-2 win in Logan on Jan. 31.
"Hats off to Montana, they played well today," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "We have a lot to learn, and we can grow from this. Sometimes a swift kick in the butt is a great thing. The great thing about our loss today is that we have another match tomorrow to improve on."
The match started with doubles play, where freshman Dennis Baumgartner and junior Marcus Fritz fell, 8-4, at the first position to Montana's Ethan Vaughn and Semion Branzburg. Then, Andrew Warren and Eric Braun defeated junior Matt Sweet and freshman Sebastian Schneider, 8-6. The team of seniors Fredrik Peterson and Andrew Whiting left their match unfinished as Montana had clinched the doubles point after two wins.
In singles play, most of the matches were very close, but none fell the Aggies' way. At the first position, Baumgartner pushed Mikolaj Caruk to three sets, ultimately falling, 1-6, 6-1, 10-8, at the No. 1 spot. Warren topped Peterson, 6-2, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot, while Fritz extended his match to three sets before Tomasz Soltyka claimed the victory, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.
Branzburg defeated Sweet, 6-4, 6-2, at the No 4 spot, while Schneider lost a closely-contested match at the No. 5 spot to Vaughn, 7-6, 7-6. In the No. 6 spot, Peter Mimnagh-Fleming defeated Whiting, 6-2, 7-5.
The Aggies are back on the courts tomorrow to face Marquette in Boise. First serve is set for 12:00 p.m. (MT).
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RESULTS Utah State 0 - Montana 7 Singles 1. Mikolaj Caruk (UM) def. Dennis Baumgartner (USU) 1-6, 6-1, 10-8 2. Andrew Warren (UM) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-2, 6-3 3. Tomasz Soltyka (UM) def. Marcus Fritz (USU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 4. Semion Branzburg (UM) def. Matt Sweet (USU) 6-4, 6-2 5. Ethan Vaughn (UM) def. Sebastian Schneider (USU) 7-6, 7-6 6. Peter Mimnagh-Fleming (UM) def. Andrew Whiting (USU) 6-2, 7-5
Doubles 1. Vaughn/Branzburg (UM) def. Baumgartner/Fritz (USU) 8-4 2. Peterson/Whiting (USU) vs. Caruk/Mimnagh-Fleming (UM) 5-6, unfinished 3. Warren/E. Braun (UM) def. Sweet/Schneider (USU) 8-6
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