In a neutral-site match Wednesday at Boise State, the Utah State men’s tennis team was not able to stay with the 73rd-ranked University of Alabama at Birmingham, falling 7-0.
The Aggies (4-8) started out strong in doubles action, with junior Sven Poslusny and freshman Marcus Fritz earning a win over Tom Puetz and David Zimmerman, (8-7). Junior Lenny Whiting and sophomore Andrew Whiting fell to Daniel Moser and Danny Manlow, (8-1), while senior Nate Ballam and freshman Matt Sweet were defeated by Lucas Dirube and Chris Helliar, (8-4).
In singles action, the Aggie men continued to fight but could not pick up speed to come out ahead in any of the matches. In the No. 1 position, Poslusny fell in three sets to UAB’s Manlow, (6-2, 4-6, 6-4), while Fritz was defeated by Zimmerman, (6-2, 6-2). Sophomore Fredrik Peterson fell to Helliar, (6-2, 6-4) and Lenny Whiting lost to Moser, (6-2, 6-4). Ballam put up the toughest fight of the afternoon but eventually fell to Puetz, (7-5, 6-7, 10-6). Andrew Whiting wrapped up the match with a loss to the Blazers’ James Gardner, (6-3, 6-4).
The Aggie men will be back in action in Boise next week when they take on No. 18 and Western Athletic Conference leader Fresno State. The teams will hit the court at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.