Aggies Lose Early Momentum In 5-2 Loss At Idaho On Friday
April 8, 2011
MOSCOW, Idaho -- - Utah State men's tennis gained early momentum against Western Athletic Conference foe Idaho by taking the opening doubles match point on Friday afternoon. Coming into Friday's match, USU had not been beat when taking the leadoff doubles point, however UI ended that streak by winning five of the six singles match-ups, serving the Aggies with their second WAC loss of the season. Utah State has a level WAC record of 2-2 and 11-7 overall with the loss.
USU battled hard against the Vandals to win two of the three doubles matches and taking the first point of the afternoon. The Aggies found themselves locked in a 1-1 tie as sophomore Sven Poslusny and senior Bryan Marchant captured the win in the number one spot but were unable to seal the doubles point by dropping the second match. Seniors Jakob Asplund and Nikita Ryashchenko rallied to aid Utah State's cause in the third spot in a match that went back and forth, until Aslund and Ryashchenko took control late in an 8-6 victory that gave USU the early advantage.
The Aggies stood toe to toe with Idaho in the opening singles matches as well, with both Poslusny and Asplund capturing their opening sets but failed to close out their matches, as Idaho mounted a rally in both matches. In the one spot, Marius Cirstea mustered a 6-3 victory over Poslusny in the second set and took control in the third set to defeat Poslusny, 6-4. In almost a mirror image of Poslusny's match, Asplund found himself up early before Lachlan Reed captured a 6-1 win in the second set and ultimately silenced Asplund in the third, 6-4.
Utah State forced four of the six singles matches to a third set, yet USU was only able to capture a lone point in singles play. Securing that point for the Aggies was Marchant in the fourth position in a battle that highlighted Friday's play. After dropping a heartbreaking first set, 7-5, to Idaho's Abid Akbar, Marchant reassembled himself in stunning fashion with a 6-0 shutout of Akbar that forced a third and tiebreaking set. The action between the two was relentless as the two exchanged point for point, until the match was once again tied-up 7-6 and forced a super-tiebreaker to settle the skirmish. Marchant would not be denied as he imposed his will on Akbar by taking the super-tiebreak, 7-1.
Also forcing a similar result in the No. 6 position for Utah State was Ryashchenko, who forced Alan Shin deep into a three-set thriller, but came up short.
USU will look to respond Saturday in an all-WAC doubleheader as the Aggies will battle No. 56 Hawai'i at 11 a.m. (MT) followed with a match against No. 44 Fresno State at 6 p.m. (MT).
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Idaho 5, Utah State 2