April 27, 2012
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - As a result of a 4-0 loss to Hawai'i at the Western Athletic Conference Tournament, the USU men's tennis team's season has come to an end.
Utah State closes the season with an overall record of 5-14 and an 0-4 WAC record. With the win, Hawai'i improves to 7-11 on the year, 3-2 in league action.
As the No. 3 seed, the Warriors of Hawai'i took an early, dominating lead that they kept going strong to earn the sweep of the sixth-seeded Aggies.
With freshman Marcus Fritz out with an ankle injury, sophomore Fredrik Peterson stepped in at the No. 1 doubles position. He and junior Sven Poslusny were defeated by Hawai'i's Jonathan Brooklyn and Dmytro Kovalyov, (8-3). Junior Lenny Whiting and sophomore Andrew Whiting fell to Chas Okamoto and Charles Rice, (8-5). With the doubles point clinched for Hawai'i, the No. 3 match was called early. Senior Nate Ballam and sophomore Brandon Nielsen were down to Nils Schuhmann and Danilo Casanova.
Three of the singles matches were won by Hawai'i in two sets, clinching them the team win and leaving the remaining three matches unfinished. Ballam played in the No. 2 position for the first time this season, falling to Kovalyov, (6-1, 6-3), while Lenny Whiting was defeated by Okamoto, (6-2, 6-2). Nielsen played at the No. 5 position, falling to Hawai'i's Jared Spiker, (6-3, 6-1). Poslusny, freshman Curran Wearmouth and Peterson were left on the courts in unfinished matches.
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Hawai`i 4, Utah State 0
1. Jonathan Brooklyn (UH) vs. Sven Poslusny (USU) unfinished
2. Dmytro Kovalyov (UH) def. Nate Ballam (USU) 6-1, 6-3
3. Chas Okamoto (UH) def. Lenny Whiting (USU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Nils Schuhmann (UH) vs. Curran Wearmouth (USU) unfinished
5. Jared Spiker (UH) def. Brandon Nielsen (USU) 6-3, 6-1
6. Danilo Casanova (UH) vs. Fredrik Peterson (USU) unfinished
1. Jonathan Brooklyn/Dmytro Kovalyov (UH) def. Sven Poslusny/Fredrik Peterson (USU) 8-3
2. Chas Okamoto/Charles Rice (UH) def. Lenny Whiting/Andrew Whiting (USU) 8-5
3. Nils Schuhmann/Danilo Casanova (UH) vs. Nate Ballam/Brandon Nielsen (USU) unfinished
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