Rick Parker, USU Staff Photographer
Sophomore Felipe Acosta

LOGAN —Utah State men's tennis (15-7, 3-0 MW) won their third straight conference match with a 4-1 victory over Air Force (9-9, 0-3 MW) on Friday afternoon at the Outdoor Tennis Courts.

“It was a good win for us and we came out and did a really good job of bouncing back after we lost the doubles point," said head coach James Wilson. "I was really proud of the way the guys competed in singles. I felt like we were fighting hard and did a really good job on all six courts.”

In doubles play, freshman Rithvik Bollipalli and sophomore Jose Carvajal teamed up for the first time in the dual match season and recorded a 6-2 win at the top spot. However, the Falcons won on the remaining two courts to earn the doubles point.

Utah State bounced back in singles play right off the bat as junior Duro Opacic tied up the score at 1-1 with a 6-3, 6-0 straight-set win at the No. 6 spot. Bollipalli made it a 2-1 contest as he notched a 6-3, 6-3 win at the No. 5 spot. Freshman Isaac Arevalo Gómez won his first set, 6-4, at the No. 1 spot and was up 4-0 in the second set before Air Force's Patrick Sklenka had to retire the match due to an injury, making it 3-1 Aggies. Sophomore Felipe Acosta clinched his fifth match of the season and won his eighth straight match with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at the No. 3 spot.

“I’m really happy about the win, and it was great that we bounced back," said Acosta. Isaac (Arevalo Gómez), Jose (Carvajal) played a great match, and Rithvik and Duro did a great job getting the wins for us."

The Aggies will close out the home portion of their schedule with a match against New Mexico on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m.

Results

Utah State 4, Air Force 1

Doubles

1. Rithvik Bollipalli/Jose Carvajal (USU) def. Tadhg Collins/Patrick Sklenka (AF) 6-2

2. Jamie Bautista/Paul Hendrix (AF) def. Felipe Acosta/Isaac Arevalo Gómez (USU) 7-5

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3. Mack Galvin/Isaac Perez (AF) def. Sergiu Bucur/Duro Opacic (USU) 6-2

Singles

1. Isaac Arevalo Gómez (USU) def. Patrick Sklenka (AF) 6-4, 4-0, retired

2. Jose Carvajal (USU) vs. Luke Sanderson (AF) 6-2, 5-6, unfinished

3. Felipe Acosta (USU) def. Paul Hendrix (AF) 6-4, 6-3

4. Sergiu Bucur (USU) vs. Tadhg Collins (AF) 7-5, 5-5, unfinished

5. Rithvik Bollipalli (USU) def. Mack Galvin (AF) 6-3, 6-3

6. Duro Opacic (USU) def. Jordan Azuma (AF) 6-3, 6-0

Match notes

Air Force 9-9, 0-3 MW

Utah State 15-7, 3-0 MW

MW order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); singles (6, 5, 1, 3)