Feb. 6, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's tennis (2-4, 0-0 MW) finishes its three-match home stand when the Seattle Redhawks, a former Western Athletic Conference foe, travel to Logan on Friday, Feb. 7, before the Aggies travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Saturday, Feb. 8. First serve in Logan is set for 11 a.m., while in Salt Lake City, the match is set to start at 12 p.m.
Last season, the Aggies beat Seattle in Logan by a final score of 6-1. Juniors Matt Sweet, Marcus Fritz and Curran Wearmouth all earned singles victories for the Aggies. In doubles, Sweet partnered with current assistant coach Sven Poslusny for a doubles win, Fritz partnered with senior Andrew Whiting for a doubles win, and Wearmouth partnered with senior Fredrik Peterson for a doubles win.
"Seattle is a very dangerous team," said head coach Clancy Shields. "As with every team on our schedule, we will have to prepare well and show up every day in order to come away with a victory. We learned a great lesson last week regarding preparation; we will find out against Seattle if we have made corrections."
Last season, the Aggies lost in Salt Lake City, 6-1, after taking the doubles point. Peterson and junior Sean Levesque earned a doubles win, while Whiting and Sweet earned the other doubles win. Utah currently has two singles players ranked in the top 20 in the Mountain Region and two doubles teams ranked in the top 10 in the Mountain Region.
"Every time you step onto the court of competition you have the opportunity to define what you are all about," Shields said. "We are a competitive group with a lot of pride, and I know the guys have been looking forward to this match for a while. We are outmatched in some tangible areas, but this group has some intangible characteristics that will make up for that difference. The great thing about college sports is the rivalries that you look forward to. Some rivalries are established, and others have to be created. We look forward to sparking this rivalry."
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