BOISE – Utah State men’s tennis (18-8, 6-1 MW) shut out Boise State with a 4-0 road conference win against Boise State (11-9, 1-6 MW) on Saturday afternoon at the Appleton Tennis Center.
"I'm really proud of the way the guys competed today," said head coach James Wilson. "They all battled and fought hard. Even the guys that were struggling found a way to hang around, which was key. Now we have to get our minds ready for the conference tournament."
The Aggies opened the match by taking the doubles point, as juniors Sergiu Bucur and Duro Opacic earned a 6-3 win at the No. 3 spot, while freshman Rithvik Bollipalli and sophomore Jose Carvajal clinched the doubles point at the top spot with a 6-4 final.
Utah State quickly made it a 2-0 contest as Opacic's match went the Aggies’ way, as his opponent had to retire during the first set, earning Opacic the 4-1 win. Carvajal would make it 3-0 Aggies as he earned the 6-1, 6-2, straight-set win at the No. 2 spot. Acosta would seal it for Utah State as he clinched his seventh match of the season with a 7-5, 6-3 triumph at the No. 4 spot.
With Opacic's win, he now has 27 singles wins this season, which is the most in a single season in program history. Acosta also put his name in the all-time program record books, as the Chascomus, Argentina, native now has 19 dual match singles wins this season, which is the most by an Aggie in program history.
Utah State next travels to Fresno, California, to participate in the Mountain West Championships from April 25 through 27. Match times and opponents will be announced at the conclusion of Mountain West regular season play.
RESULTS Utah State 4, Boise State 0
Doubles 1. Rithvik Bollipalli/Jose Carvajal (USU) def. Max Blancaneaux/Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-4 2. Stefan Lalovic/Simon Arca Costas (BSU) vs. Felipe Acosta/Isaac Arevalo Gómez (USU) 5-3, unfinished 3. Sergiu Bucur/Duro Opacic (USU) def. Simon Stenlund/Wyatt Demulling (BSU) 6-3Comment on this story
Singles 1. Simon Arca Costas (BSU) vs. Isaac Arevalo Gómez (USU) 6-2, 2-6, 1-3, unfinished 2. Jose Carvajal (USU) def. Jack Heslin (BSU) 6-1, 6-2 3. Wyatt Demulling (BSU) vs. Sergiu Bucur (USU) 6-3, 4-6, 1-1, unfinished 4. Felipe Acosta (USU) def. Max Blancaneaux (BSU) 7-5, 6-3 5. Simon Stenlund (BSU) vs. Rithvik Bollipalli (USU) 4-6, 6-6, unfinished 6. Duro Opacic (USU) def. Stefan Lalovic (BSU) 4-1, retired
Match Notes: Utah State 18-8, 6-1 MW Boise State 11-9, 1-6 MW Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,2,4)