LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's No. 49-ranked men's tennis team (11-7, 0-0 MW) will look to extend its three-match winning streak when it hosts Idaho on Sunday, March 19, at 10 a.m. The match is currently scheduled to be played at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club, however clear weather will move the match to the USU Tennis Complex on Utah State's Campus.
Updates to the match location will be posted on USU men's tennis' social media sites, as well as a link to live stats for the event. Admission to all Utah State tennis matches is free.
"I don't know much about them, but I do know they've had close matches against Utah State in the past," said first-year USU head coach James Wilson. "We have to be ready to play. I think these guys understand that it doesn't matter who our opponent is, if we're not 100 percent ready to play mentally and physically, then we can lose to anyone. We have to be ready to play, and hopefully we'll be ready."
Utah State is coming off three straight 4-0 wins against Loyola Marymount, Georgetown and Pacific. The Aggies are led by junior Jaime Barajas, who is currently on a career-high seven-match winning streak, with a 10-4 record in dual matches. Sophomore Samuel Serrano is 9-4, while senior Jack Swindells owns a 9-7 record. Sophomore Jonas Maier is 8-5 so far this spring. In doubles, the duo of Serrano and junior Kai Wehnelt is 9-5, while Swindells and Maier are 7-6 as a tandem.
Idaho (8-5, 3-2 Big Sky) has lost three of its last four matches and will face Weber State on Saturday before taking on the Aggies on Sunday. The Vandals are led by Felipe Fonseca who owns an 11-2 singles mark, while Mark Kovacs is 9-4 and Carlos Longhi Neto is 9-2. Esteban Santibanez is 10-3 for the Vandals, as well. In doubles, the duo of Kovacs and Neto are a perfect 10-0, while Santibanez and Lucas Coutinho are 8-3 as a duo. Idaho leads the all-time series between the two teams, 17-10, however the Aggies have claimed the last three matches, including a 5-2 result last year.
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