LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's tennis has released its 2018 spring schedule, as announced Tuesday by head coach James Wilson. The Aggies will host eight home matches, and the schedule includes seven opponents who finished the 2017 season ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA).
"The schedule is very challenging, but I feel it is necessary if we want to continue to build upon the success of last season. We will have opportunities throughout to play against some of the nation's elite teams and some of our regional rivals. I feel that our squad will relish those opportunities and make the most of them," Wilson said. "Last year, we did a great job of playing with a chip on our shoulder. This year is different, but I feel that this young group will want to prove it belongs amongst the nation's top teams. Our non-conference schedule is definitely tough, however, it will prepare us for Mountain West play, which will be very difficult, as well."
USU opens its season hosting Southern Utah and Idaho State in a doubleheader on Jan. 13, at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., respectively. The Aggie netters then travel to Salt Lake City to face Utah on Jan. 21, at noon. USU heads to Los Angeles, Calif., for the ITA Kick-Off Weekend to compete against Central Florida on Jan. 27, at 9:30 a.m. (MT). Utah State will compete the following day against UCLA, which finished the 2017 season ranked No. 5 by the ITA, or UC Davis, depending on results from day one.
The Aggie netters return to Logan to compete against Boise State on Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. USU next faces Texas, who finished 2017 ranked No. 11, in Austin, Texas, on Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. (MT). Utah State travels to San Antonio, Texas, to face UTSA on Feb. 11, at 10 a.m. On Feb. 16, the netters will head to Provo, Utah, to compete against BYU at 5 p.m. The Aggies then host another doubleheader on Feb. 18, facing UC Irvine and Montana State at 10 a.m., and 2 p.m., respectively. USU then takes on Denver in Denver, Colo., on March 5, at 11 a.m.
Utah State will travel to Tampa, Fla., March 9-11, to face Old Dominion, George Washington and South Florida, who finished 2017 ranked No. 23. Following the Florida trip, the Aggies will head to San Diego, Calif., for the San Diego-hosted Spring Invite from March 15-17, where the netters could face Harvard, Memphis, Pepperdine, Rice, San Diego, San Diego State and Texas Tech. Texas Tech, Memphis, Rice and San Diego finished the 2017 season ranked No. 32, No. 36, No. 44 and No. 47, respectively.
Mountain West play begins with the Aggies hosting UNLV on March 24, at 1 p.m. USU then heads back to San Diego on April 1 to take on San Diego State. Utah State returns home to host Nevada and Fresno State on April 6, at 2 p.m., and April 8, at noon, respectively. The Aggies then face New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M, on April 13, at 5 p.m., before heading to Colorado Springs, Colo., to take on Air Force on April 15, at noon. The Mountain West Championships will be held in San Diego, Calif., from April 26-28.
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DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME SERIES HISTORY
Jan. 13 Southern Utah Logan, Utah 10 a.m. USU leads 1-0
Jan. 13 Idaho State Logan, Utah 2 p.m. ISU leads 44-32
Jan. 21 @ Utah Salt Lake City, Utah Noon Utah leads 27-1
Jan. 27 vs. Central Florida Los Angeles, Calif. 9:30 a.m. 0-0
Jan. 28 vs. UCLA or UC Davis Los Angeles, Calif. TBD 0-0/0-0
Feb. 4 Boise State* Logan, Utah 11 a.m. BSU leads 35-5
Feb. 9 @ Texas Austin, Texas 6 p.m. 0-0
Feb. 11 @ UTSA San Antonio, Texas 10 a.m. 0-0
Feb. 16 @ BYU Provo, Utah 5 p.m. BYU leads 37-3
Feb. 18 UC Irvine Logan, Utah 10 a.m. UCI leads 4-1
Feb. 18 Montana State Logan, Utah 2 p.m. MSU leads 21-14
March 5 @ Denver Denver, Colo. 11 a.m. Denver leads 2-1
March 9 vs. Old Dominion Tampa, Fla. TBD 0-0
March 10 vs. George Washington Tampa, Fla. TBD 0-0
March 11 @ South Florida Tampa, Fla. TBD 0-0
March 15 @ Spring Invite San Diego, Calif. TBD
March 16 @ Spring Invite San Diego, Calif. TBD
March 17 @ Spring Invite San Diego, Calif. TBD
March 24 UNLV* Logan, Utah 1 p.m. UNLV leads 32-4
April 1 @ SDSU* San Diego, Calif. TBD Series tied 3-3
April 6 Nevada* Logan, Utah 2 p.m. Nevada leads 26-12
April 8 Fresno State* Logan, Utah Noon FSU leads 14-3
April 13 @ New Mexico* Albuquerque, N.M. 5 p.m. New Mexico leads 3-2
April 15 @ Air Force* Colorado Springs, Colo. Noon Air Force leads 7-5
April 26-28 @ MW Championships San Diego, Calif. TBD
Bold denotes home match
*Denotes Mountain West match
All times Mountain and subject to change
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