Aggie Men's Tennis Grounds Golden Eagles With A 4-3 Win On Sunday
March 23, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Every Utah State men's tennis player that suited up against Marquette on Sunday contributed a point in a thrilling, 4-3, win in Boise, Idaho, as the Aggies (8-8, 0-1 MW) evened their overall record with the non-conference, neutral court victory.
"The guys keep surprising me," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "Just when I think we are taking steps backwards, the guys give an incredible performance, like today. We have been talking a lot about being warriors, and they stepped up in a big way. These guys are resilient, and fight so hard when their backs are against the wall."
The Aggies fell behind early in doubles play when freshman Dennis Baumgartner and junior Marcus Fritz fell to Marquette's Dan Mamalat and Vukasin Teofanovic, 8-6, at the first position. However, Utah State won the next two doubles matches to take the doubles point. It started when junior Matt Sweet and freshman Sebastian Schneider teamed together for an 8-5 win over Nick Dykema and Cameron Tehrani at the third position. Then, the team of seniors Andrew Whiting and Fredrik Peterson relied on their collective experience for an 8-7 win at the second position.
In singles, Marquette took the first two points as Teofanovic defeated Peterson, 6-1, 6-4, at the No. 2 spot, while Dykema topped Sweet, 6-3, 7-6, at the No. 4 spot, to give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 lead. Then, Schneider evened the score at 2-2 with a straight-sets win at the No. 5 spot, 7-6, 6-4, over Tehrani, while Baumgartner battled to a tough, straight-sets win at the No. 1 spot, 7-6, 7-6, over Mamalat.
"Our two super freshmen, Dennis Baumgartner and Sebastian Schneider have been leading our team all season," Shields said. "Dennis had his best win of the season, and Sebastian was as solid as a rock today."
Marquette's Kristiyan Trukov then tied the match at 3-3 with a win over Whiting, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 6 spot. With the team win on the line, Fritz completed an improbable comeback to give Utah State the win. After being shut out in the first set, Fritz won the next two sets to win his match, 0-6, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot. Fritz's win clinched the dual match for Utah State, 4-3.
"Marcus (Fritz) played with a ton of poise today. After losing the first set, 6-0, he clawed his way back and found a way to clinch the win for us," Shields said.
Utah State returns to the courts on Tuesday, March 23, when the Aggies face Weber State in Ogden, Utah at Noon (MT).
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RESULTS Utah State 4 - Marquette 3 Singles