April 11, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Utah State men's tennis (9-12, 0-4 MW) fell to No. 68 New Mexico on the road, 6-1, Friday, as the Aggies are still looking for their first Mountain West win.
"Another tough loss for the team," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "New Mexico is a solid team top to bottom, and they were too much for us. We are winning just as many points as our opponents, just not the right ones. Once we can play composed and calm under pressure, these matches will be more competitive. Right now there is too much panic, and unfortunately it is getting the better of us."
The match started with doubles play, where New Mexico took the first two matches. Junior Matt Sweet and freshman Sebastian Schneider fell to Andrew Van Der Vyver and Mads Hegelund, 8-0, at the third position. Then, seniors Andrew Whiting and Fredrik Peterson lost to Hayden Sabatka and Rodolfo Jauregui, 8-3, at the second position. Junior Marcus Fritz and freshman Dennis Baumgartner left their match at the first position unfinished as UNM had captured the doubles point.
In singles, New Mexico took five straight matches before the Aggies recorded a point. First, Hegelund defeated freshman Tomas Cosmai, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 6 spot. Then, Sabatka defeated Frtiz, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 2 spot, and Baumgartner fell to Samir Iftikhar, 6-2, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot. Sweet fell to Van Der Vyver, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 4 position, and Peterson lost to Jaureui, 6-3, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot. Schneider posted the Aggies' only win with a straight-set win over James Hignett, 6-4, 7-5, at the No. 5 spot.
Up next for USU is another MW road match at Air Force on April 13 at 11 a.m. (MT) in Colorado Springs, Colo.
"We have another audition on Sunday with Air Force," Shields said. "It's another great opportunity for our guys to prove to themselves, their teammates and their coaches what they are capable of."
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RESULTS Utah State 1 - New Mexico 6 Singles 1. Samir Iftikhar (UNM) def. Dennis Baumgartner (USU), 6-2, 6-1 2. Hayden Sabatka (UNM) def. Marcus Fritz (USU), 6-3, 6-3 3. Rodolfo Jauregui (UNM) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU), 6-3, 6-4 4. Andrew Van Der Vyver (UNM) def. Matt Sweet (USU), 6-4, 6-4 5. Sebastian Schneider (USU) def. James Hignett (UNM), 6-4, 7-5 6. Mads Hegelund (UNM) def. Tomas Cosmai (USU), 6-3, 6-0
1. Hignett/Iftikhar (UNM) & Baumgartner/Fritz (USU) -- UNFINISHED 2. Sabatka/Jauregui (UNM) def. Peterson/Whiting (USU), 8-3 3. Van Der Vyver/Hegelund (UNM) def. Sweet/Schneider (USU), 8-0
Order of Finish: Singles (6, 2, 1, 4, 3, 5) Doubles (3,2)
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