April 23, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's tennis team (9-15, 0-7 MW) is set to compete in its first Mountain West Tournament as an eight-seed and will face the No. 25-ranked Boise State Broncos, the top seed in the tournament, in a match that is scheduled for Thursday, April 24 at 11 a.m. (MT).
The tournament will be held in Fresno, Calif., at the Sierra Sport & Racquet Club. This is the Aggie men's first appearance in the Mountain West Tournament after eight seasons in the WAC.
"We played Boise State earlier in the season, and even though we lost, I thought the guys went toe-to-toe with them the whole way," said USU head coach Clancy Shields. "I know all the guys on Boise's team because I coached them, so it should be a challenging match. At the same time, the focus is more on what we can do to perfrom at our best level and not so much who our opponent is. We have a lot on our plate to focus on moving forward as a team. Our guys want to perform well at the tournament and meet some goals that they set for themselves."
The Aggies faced Boise State earlier this season in Boise, Idaho, where the Broncos defeated the Aggies, 6-1. Junior Marcus Fritz posted the Aggies' only point with a win at the No. 2 spot over Thomas Tenreiro, 7-6, 6-2. Utah State head coach Clancy Shields is in his first year at USU after competing and coaching for the Broncos.
Utah State is led by a pair of freshmen, as Sebastian Schneider posted 12 wins in dual play playing at multiple spots in the lineup, while Dennis Baumgartner earned 10 wins exclusively at the No. 1 spot. In doubles, USU has two tandems with seven wins, however the doubles lineup has been switching lately.
Boise State is led by the No. 89-ranked singles player in the country, Andrew Bettles, who has posted a 23-14 mark overall, including a 12-11 record at the No. 1 spot in dual matches. Brendan McClain boasts 20 wins during dual match play, as well. In doubles, the tandem of Bettles and Tenreiro have earned 16 wins in dual play.
In other quaterfinal matches on Thursday, April 24, fourth-seeded Nevada will take on fifth-seed and host Fresno State at 11 a.m. (MT), third-seeded San Diego State will face sixth-seeded UNLV, at 3 p.m. (MT), while second-seeded New Mexico goes up against seventh-seeded Air Force also at 3 p.m. (MT).
Complete Mountain West Tournament information can be found by clicking the "MW Championship Central" link on the tennis page of www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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