Utah State men's tennis concluded its fall tournament schedule on Sunday at the Arizona Fall Hidden Dual.
"This weekend was challenging and beneficial for our team. Even though we started out slow on the first day, we turned it around and competed better as the weekend went on," head coach James Wilson said. "The younger players still need to keep improving, and our upperclassmen have to step up and be leaders. The next two months will be so critical for our team, and I believe they know what we have to improve in order to have success."
In singles, the Aggie netters faced opponents from Mountain West-rival Fresno State. Senior Jaime Barajas won his first set, 6-3, against Zdenek Derkas. Derkas evened it out in the second, winning 4-6. Barajas, however, was perfect in the third set, taking the victory after a 6-0 win. Freshman Jose Carvajal had a 6-3, 6-4 win over Henrique Osorio. Freshman Valdemar Holmalso had a singles win over Jeremy Moser, winning 6-4, 6-2.
Also in singles, freshman Felipe Acosta lost his first set, 6-3, but came back to win the second, 6-4. Acosta lost the third set, 6-4. Junior Austin Bass also took his match against Arizona's Andres Reyes to three sets, losing the first, 6-2, but winning the second 4-6. However, Bass lost the third set, 6-1. Freshman Addy Vashistha lost 6-4, 6-4 to Cem Erturk. Sophomore Sergiu Bucur rounded out the singles results, losing to Cagatay Soke, 6-3, 6-2.
In doubles, Utah State went up against netters from Grand Canyon. Barajas and Carvajal won, 6-4, against Valentin Lang and Lucas Grego. Vashistha and Acosta had a 6-2 victory over Freddie Grant and Leo Andreolli. Holm and Nakajima lost 6-4 to Mathieu Rajaonah and Lorenzo Fucile.
Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.