No. 45 Utah State Men's Tennis Squares Off Against No. 21 Northwestern at NCAA Tournament on Friday
Utah State opens its NCAA Tournament run against Northwestern on Friday
May 11, 2017

BERKELEY, Calif. - No. 45 Utah State men's tennis will compete in its first NCAA Tournament as a team on Friday when it faces No. 21 Northwestern in Berkeley, Calif., at 11 a.m. (MT). The regional site is hosted by No. 8 California, who will face Tennessee Tech in the second match of the day at 2 p.m. (MT). The winners of the two matches will compete on Saturday at 4 p.m. (MT).

Tickets for the match are $10 for adults and $5 for children, students and seniors. The matches will be streamed live and updates will be provided on social media. Links to both will be provided prior to the match.

"Our team is very excited for the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament against a really good team like Northwestern," said USU head coach James Wilson. "We're going to come out, play loose and aggressive and hopefully get off to a good start in doubles. Our guys have worked hard, we've prepared well and we're really excited to play."

Utah State (23-8, 6-1 MW) has won six matches in a row, and 15 of its last 16, with the only loss coming against New Mexico, 4-3, at home. The Aggies are led in dual matches by sophomore Jonas Maier and freshman Sergiu Bucur, both of whom have 17 singles wins. Bucur is currently on a 12-match winning streak, one shy of tying the school record set in 1970. Senior Jack Swindells is 16-9, while sophomore Samuel Serrano earned all-Mountain West honors after a 15-5 campaign. Rounding out USU's double-digit winners, junior Jaime Barajas is 13-9, while junior Kai Wehnelt is 12-12 during his all-Mountain West season. In doubles, the duo of Swindells and Maier is 16-9 and has won its last three decisions. Wehnelt and Serrano, an all-Mountain West duo, are 13-10 this season.



No. 21 Northwestern (21-10, 7-4 B1G) ended its regular season with a 4-2 loss against No. 31 Wisconsin in the B1G Tournament Quarterfinals. The Wildcats are led by No. 37 Strong Kirchheimer with a 17-7 dual match record while playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot in the lineup. No. 67 Konrad Zieba owns a 19-7 mark spending most of the season at the No. 2 spot, while Jason Seidman is 20-5 playing in the bottom half of the singles lineup. In doubles, the No. 53-ranked duo of Kirchheimer and Dominik Stary is 18-4, while the No. 80-ranked tandem of Zieba and Sam Shropshire is 10-9. The Aggies have never faced Northwestern on the tennis courts.

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