April 18, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's tennis (9-14, 0-6 MW) fell to UNLV, 6-1, on Friday in a Mountain West match, spoiling USU's Senior Day, although the match was closer than the final score would indicate. The Aggies pushed three different singles matches to three sets, but only finished one in a victory. With the win, UNLV improved to 13-9 overall and 3-2 in MW play.
"I think the guys are fighting really hard," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "I don't think they can fight any harder, I don't think they can try any harder, I don't think they can yell and scream any louder for each other. It's disappointing because these guys really earned the victory. They're trying hard and they're competing hard, and if the guys keep doing this, we'll be a good team down the road. I'm really proud of the guys. They all fought hard. I think we got a lot of respect from UNLV because we did fight hard. They had to compete for every single point in every single match."
The match started at 11 a.m., and opened in doubles where UNLV's Dimitar Petrov and Jakob Amilon defeated senior Andrew Whiting and freshman Sebastian Schneider, 8-3, at the third position before a lengthy rain delay caused the teams to wait out the storm until 5:30 p.m. When play resumed, freshman Dennis Baumgartner and senior Matt Thatcher fell to Tamas Batyi and Willie Sublette, 8-7, in a tiebreaker at the second position. With the doubles point claimed, senior Fredrik Peterson and junior Marcus Fritz left their match against Ace Matias and Denys Pume unfinished.
In singles, UNLV won four-straight matches to clinch the dual match win. Freshman Tomas Cosmai fell at the No. 6 spot to Amilon, 6-2, 6-4, and Baumgartner dropped a match to Matias, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot. Petrov defeated Whiting in a close, two set match, 7-6, 6-4, at the No. 4 position, before Fritz fell to Pume in a three-set thriller, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot. Peterson put the lone point on the board for the Aggies with a three set victory over Sublette, 7-6, 2-6, 6-3, at the No. 5 position, while Schneider dropped a heartbreaker to Batyi, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.
Up next for the Aggies is their regular-season finale against Fresno State on Sunday, April 20. First serve is set for 11 a.m. at the USU Outdoor Courts on the east end of campus.
"We have another match on Sunday, and hopefully Aggie Nation can come out again one more time," Shields said. "I know it's Easter Sunday, but these guys really deserve for people to come out because they work hard and it would be great to send them out with a lot of support in their final regular-season match."
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RESULTS Utah State 1 - UNLV 6 Singles 1. Ace Matias (UNLV) def. Dennis Baumgartner (USU) 6-3, 6-0 2. Denys Pume (UNLV) def. Marcus Fritz (USU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 3. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Sebastian Schneider (USU) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 4. Dimitar Petrov (UNLV) def. Andrew Whiting (USU) 7-6, 6-4 5. Fredrik Peterson (USU) def. Willie Sublette (UNLV) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 6. Jakob Amilon (UNLV) def. Tomas Cosmai (USU) 6-2, 6-4
Doubles 1. Peterson/Fritz (USU) vs. Matias/Pume (UNLV) 7-6, unfinished 2. Batyi/Sublette (UNLV) def. Baumgartner/Thatcher (USU) 8-7 3. Petrov/Amilon (UNLV) def. Whiting/Schneider (USU) 8-3
Order of Finish: Singles (6,1,4,2,5,3) Doubles (3,2)
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