SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Utah State junior Samuel Serrano and freshman Jose Fernando Carvajal led the men's tennis team as it opened its run at the Utah Intercollegiate on Friday. The pair of Aggies were victorious in all of their matches in the round robin tournament on day one.
In singles, Serrano won both his matches with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Weber State's Kris Van Wyk before beating Stefan Cooper, 7-6, 7-5. Carvajal had a walkover win against WSU's JD Malan and a 7-5, 6-3 victory over the Wildcats' Bo-Han Li. Senior Andrew Nakajima defeated Weber State's Cezary Walkusz and Nick Werner, 6-4, 7-6 (2) and 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, respectively. Freshman Aditya Vashistha also won both matches, beating Li, 7-5, 6-2, and a walkover win against Malan.
Sophomore Sergiu Bucur split his singles matches, losing, 6-4, 7-6, to Cooper and winning, 6-2,1-0, after Van Wyk was forced to retire. Freshman Felipe Acosta lost, 6-3, 7-6 (4), to the Wildcats' Hou-En Chen, but had a 6-2, 6-4 victory over WSU's Michiel Van Schoor. Freshman Valdemar Holm won, 6-3, 6-4, against Van Schoor, but lost, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, to Chen. Junior Austin Bass lost, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, to Werner and 6-3, 6-2 to Walkusz.
In doubles, Serrano and Carvajal defeated Nevada's Kostya Nesterenko and Robert Margitfalvi, 6-3, to finish their day unblemished. Nakajima and Bass lost, 7-5, to the Wolfpack's Peter O'Donovan and Jeremy Merville. Vashistha and Acosta lost, 6-2, to Nevada's Jonathan Aremon and Dylan Levitt.
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Samuel Serrano (USU) def. Kris Van Wyk (WSU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Stefan Cooper (WSU) def. Sergiu Bucur (USU) 6-4, 7-6
Jose Fernando Carvajal (USU) def. JD Malan (WSU) W/O
Aditya Vashistha (USU) def. Bo-Han Li (WSU) 7-5, 6-2
Hou-En Chen (WSU) def. Felipe Acosta (USU) 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Valdemar Holm (USU) def. Michiel Van Schoor (WSU) 6-3, 6-4
Andrew Nakajima (USU) def. Cezary Walkusz (WSU) 6-4, 7-6 (2)
Nick Werner (WSU) def. Austin Bass (USU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Samuel Serrano (USU) def. Stefan Cooper (WSU) 7-6, 7-5
Sergiu Bucur (USU) def. Kris Van Wyk (WSU) 6-2, 1-0 ret.
Jose Fernando Carvajal (USU) def. Bo-Han Li (WSU) 7-5, 6-3
Aditya Vashistha (USU) def. JD Malan (WSU) W/O
Felipe Acosta (USU) def. Michiel Van Schoor (WSU) 6-2, 6-4
Hou-En Chen (WSU) def. Valdemar Holm (USU) 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
Andrew Nakajima (USU) def. Nick Werner (WSU) 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
Cezary Walkusz (WSU) def. Austin Bass (USU) 6-3, 6-2
Samuel Serrano/Jose Fernando Carvajal (USU) def. Kostya Nesterenko/Robert Margitfalvi (UN) 6-3
Peter O'Donovan/Jeremy Merville (UN) def. Andrew Nakajima/Austin Bass (USU) 7-5
Jonathan Aremon/Dylan Levitt (UN) def. Aditya Vashistha/Felipe Acosta (USU) 6-2
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