Utah State men’s tennis (3-2, 0-0 MW) opens Mountain West play on Sunday as it takes on Boise State (1-2, 0-0 MW) at 1 p.m., at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.
“The guys are excited to play their first conference match of the season,” head coach James Wilson said. “Boise State has tradition and always plays hard. They’ve got some new players and players returning from injury, so it’s going to be tough. We’ve had a solid week of practice, and I’m looking forward to seeing them compete.”
Freshman Valdemar Holm leads the Aggies in singles with a perfect 4-0 mark on the season. Freshman Jose Carvajal has dropped just one match so far with a 4-1 record, and freshman Felipe Acosta is a perfect 3-0. Sophomore Sergiu Bucur is 2-1, freshman Addy Vashistha is 2-1 and junior Samuel Serrano is 2-2. Senior Jaime Barajas recorded his first singles win at the No. 1 spot with the match-clinching point in USU’s 4-2 victory over UCF at ITA Kick-Off Weekend with a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) victory over Korey Lovett. Barajas also took five games from the No. 1 singles player in the nation, Martin Redlicki, in Utah State’s 4-0 loss to UCLA. In doubles, Holm and senior Andrew Nakajima are 2-2, Barajas and Carvajal are 1-1 and Bucur and Carvajal are 1-0.
Utah State is 5-35 against Boise State, but it has won the last three matchups. The Broncos are 1-2 on the season after a 5-0 loss to Northwestern, a 7-0 loss to No. 14 Michigan and a 5-2 win over Whitman. In singles play, junior Wyatt Demulling is 1-2, freshman Stefan Lalovic is 1-1, sophomore Ryland McDermott is 1-2 and sophomore Harvey Shakkleton is 1-0. In doubles, DeMulling and Lalovic are 1-0, while junior Maximilien Blancaneaux and freshman Tim Heslin are 1-0.
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.