Utah State men's tennis (3-2) lost, 4-0, to UCLA (6-0), which is currently ranked No. 6 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), on Sunday at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.
"UCLA was too good today," head coach James Wilson said. "They have a very good team and took it to us in a few spots. Overall, it was a good weekend for us, and I'm confident that we can grow from this experience."
In doubles, senior Jaime Barajas and freshman Jose Carvajal lost, 2-6, at the No. 1 spot to senior Martin Redlicki and sophomore Evan Zhu. UCLA secured the doubles point after junior Maxime Cressy and freshman Bryce Pereira defeated junior Samuel Serrano and sophomore Sergiu Bucur, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot. Senior Andrew Nakajima and freshman Valdemar Holm led 5-4 at the No. 2 spot against senior Austin Rapp and freshman Keegan Smith, but the match went unfinished due to the other courts' results.
With the 1-0 lead heading into singles play, UCLA won the first three matches to secure the victory. Carvajal faced off against senior Logan Staggs, who is ranked No. 55 in singles by the ITA, at the No. 4 spot, losing 2-6, 3-6. Barajas fell to No. 1 Redlicki at the top position, 2-6, 3-6. The Bruins clinched the win after Zhu beat Bucur, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.
Utah State next takes on Mountain West rival Boise State (1-2) at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club on Sunday at 1 p.m. MT.
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.