April 17, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's tennis (9-13, 0-5 MW) concludes its regular season with two Mountain West home matches this weekend against UNLV (12-9, 2-2 MW) on Friday, April 18, and against Fresno State (12-8, 3-3 MW) on Sunday, April 20. Both matches are set to start at 11 a.m. (MT) at the USU Outdoor Courts on the east end of campus.
"These are two really tough matches for us going forward, but we're playing at home, and I think we have a good chance at home against any team," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "We're excited, the guys are ready and it's going to be an exciting weekend of tennis."
Friday's match against UNLV will be Utah State's Senior Day, as one of the seniors will be unable to attend the match on Sunday. The three seniors to be honored in a ceremony before the match are Andrew Whiting, Fredrik Peterson and Matt Thatcher.
"All three of these seniors have been really great," Shields said. "Having a new coach come in, and not knowing what to expect, they've all really stepped up and done a great job."
Utah State is led by freshmen Sebastian Schneider and Dennis Baumgartner, as they both have double-digit singles wins this spring. Schneider leads the team with 12 wins in multiple spots in the lineup, while Baumgartner has posted 10 victories exclusively at the No. 1 spot. The Aggies are looking for their first MW win this season before the MW Tournament in Fresno, Calif., from April 24-27.
UNLV is led by Ace Matias who has 15 wins excusively at the No. 1 spot this spring. Denys Pume owns a 16-4 record playing in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The two team together in doubles to form UNLV's top tandem, posting a a 16-5 dual match record at the top doubles position.
Fresno State is currently on a five-match win streak but they face Nevada before travelling to Logn this weekend. The Bulldogs rely on their depth, as they have three players with double-digit wins and have two more within reach of the mark. In doubles, Ethan Lopez and Nikolas Papic have a team-high four dual match wins as a tandem.
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