Men's Tennis Ends Home Season with Heartbreaking 4-3 Loss to Idaho State, Wednesday
April 18, 2012
LOGAN, Utah – Capped by a nearly three-hour singles match at the No. 6 position, the Utah State men’s tennis team’s home season ended in a 4-3 loss to Idaho State, Wednesday at the Logan Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
In the wake of a tendon injury ending freshman Matt Sweet’s season, sophomore Brandon Nielsen has stepped up, playing in the last three matches. Wednesday’s final score came down to his match against ISU’s Andres Coello. After pushing the match through a third set, it all ended in a tough tie-breaker, (6-2, 5-7, 7-6 [13-11].
Singles competition followed a tough round of doubles action, where the Aggies were swept by the Bengals. At the No. 1 position, junior Sven Poslusny and freshman Marcus Fritz were taken down by Charles Norman and Dakota Pate, (8-5). Sophomore Andrew Whiting and junior Lenny Whiting fell to Dan Buckingham and Nate Gross, (8-6), while Nielsen and senior Nate Ballam were defeated by Coello and Krzysztof Stempien, (8-6).
Poslusny got singles play started with a straight-set win over Norman, (6-3, 6-3). Fritz followed at the No. 2 position, defeating Stempien in three sets, (6-3, 3-6, 6-1). Lenny Whiting was defeated by Gross, (6-1, 6-1), but Ballam was next, taking down Miller in a tight three sets, (6-2, 4-6, 7-6). Freshman Curran Wearmouth followed the three-set trend, but fell to Buckingham, (7-6, 1-6, 6-3), at the No. 5 position.
With the loss, the Aggies fell to 5-12, heading into the last match of the season. The Bengals improved to 8-11 with the win.
Both Aggie tennis teams will head to Reno, Nev., this weekend where they will take on Western Athletic Conference foe, Nevada, in the final matches of the season. The men play Friday at noon, (MT) followed by the women on Saturday at 11 a.m. (MT).
The 2012 WAC Tournament will be hosted by New Mexico State University, in Las Cruces, N.M. Women’s action will start Thursday, April 26 and men will begin competition Friday, April 27.
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Idaho State 4, Utah State 3