Utah State men’s tennis (2-0, 0-0 MW) continues its dual match season on Sunday as the Aggies take on in-state rival Utah (0-0) in Salt Lake City at noon.

“This is a huge match for us, and we are looking forward to competing against our in-state rivals,” head coach James Wilson said. “Utah has some very strong players, and I expect it to be a tough match. Our guys have prepared well, and I’m excited to see them battle on Sunday.”

The Aggies began the season by hosting a doubleheader against Southern Utah and Idaho State, beating both schools by a 7-0 score. Every Aggie who competed in singles won their matches in straight sets. Junior Samuel Serrano is 2-0 at the No. 1 singles spot, while freshmen Jose Carvajal, Valdemar Holm, Addy Vashistha and Felipe Acosta are also 2-0. Sophomore Sergiu Bucur is 1-0 at the No. 2 spot. In doubles, Holm and senior Andrew Nakajima are 2-0 at the top position, while Bucur and Carvajal are 1-0 at the No. 3 spot. Because of his 4-0 combined mark at the matches, Holm was named the MW men’s tennis player of the week.

The Utes have won 27 of the 28 matchups with the Aggies. Utah opens its season with a doubleheader on Friday before hosting another doubleheader on Sunday. Junior Dan Little is ranked No. 92 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) in singles. The Utes competed in four tournaments in the fall, three of which Aggies also competed in the ITA All-American, Utah Intercollegiate and ITA Regionals. Utah led Utah State at 11-6 in singles and 2-0 in doubles in matchups during the fall.

“This is a huge match for us, and we are looking forward to competing against our in-state rivals,” head coach James Wilson said. “Utah has some very strong players, and I expect it to be a tough match. Our guys have prepared well, and I’m excited to see them battle on Sunday.”

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.