Men's Tennis Completes Third Day Of ITA Play And Continues Action Saturday
Oct. 23, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Utah State men's tennis completed the third day of competition in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Region Championships Friday. The championships began Wednesday, Oct. 21 and will conclude Saturday, Oct. 24.
"It has been a good tournament for us," USU head coach Christian Wright said. "We've been able to see where we're at and where many of the teams we will play in the season are at."
Junior Bryan Marchant advanced the farthest of the Aggies in singles action, falling in the fifth round of consolation play. In the fourth round, Marchant battled through three sets to defeat Idaho's Stanislav Glukhov, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6. Marchant then fell to 25th-seeded Matej Stakne of New Mexico State, 6-3, 6-3, in the fifth round.
In doubles action, sophomore Nate Ballam and junior Alex Thatcher proceeded the farthest for Utah State to the fourth round, a draw of 16, in singles action. Ballam and Thatcher fell to Idaho's Glukhov and Alex Joitoiu, 9-7. Ballam and Thatcher will continue play in the doubles consolation fourth round against Danel Barrenetxea and Javier Royo of Idaho State on Saturday at 9 a.m. (MT).
USU will continue competition in the doubles consolation round on Saturday. Freshman Alex Daines and senior Matt Braithwaite are guaranteed a quarterfinal spot after ninth-seeded Sascha Kiehne and Simon Unger of Weber State withdrew from play. Daines and Braithwaite will compete against University of Denver's Jens Vorkfeild and Yannick Weihs, Saturday. Fellow Aggies, junior Jakob Asplund and Marchant will also compete Saturday, against No. 9 seeded George Batrakov of BYU and Daniel Hwang at 9 a.m. (MT) Saturday in the fourth round.