Rebels Halt Aggies In Men’s Tennis Action Thursday, 6-1

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Utah State’s men tennis team went to Sin City in hopes of capturing their sixth straight win and continue one of the programs best starts in years. UNLV had other plans in mind, defeating the Aggies, 6-1. Utah State falls to 5-3 on the year as UNLV improves to 6-3. The Aggies failed to capture a match in doubles action as the Rebels swept all three matches. USU sophomore Sven Poslusny and senior Bryan Marchant were the closest of the Aggie duo’s to winning their match against UNLV’s Bernard Schoeman and Johannes Market at the No. 1 postion, 8-6. Utah State is 5-0 when they win the No. 1 spot in doubles play and are 0-3 when they fail to do so. Utah State continued to struggle in singles play as the Rebels won five of the six singles matches. Marchants fought hard against UNLV’s Schoeman in the No. 4 postion, after dropping the opening set 6-4, Marchant battled back to capture the second frame 7-6 and forced a tiebreaking set. In the third-set super tiebreak Marchant matched Schoeman point for point but came up just short as Schoeman defeated Marchant in the tiebreak, 11-9. The lone point of the match for the Aggies came in the No. 2 position in singles play, as senior Jakob Asplund and Tamas Batyi were locked in a battle that would have gone down to the wire as the score was tied 5-5 in the first set, when Batyi needed to retire from the match and forfeited the point to Asplund. The Aggies will look to bounce back tomorrow as they take on UC Riverside, Friday Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. (MT). The Highlanders are 1-6 on the season. Fans can follow Utah State athletics, including men’s tennis, at UNLV 6, Utah State 1 Singles competition 1. Mehdi Bouras (UNLV) def. Sven Poslusny (USU) 6-4, 6-1 2. Jakob Asplund (USU) def. Johannes Markel (UNLV) 5-5, retired 3. Tamas Batyi (UNLV) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-2, 6-1 4. Bernard Schoeman (UNLV) def. Bryan Marchant (USU) 6-4, 6-7, 1-0 (11-9) 5. Alex Bull (UNLV) def. Alex Thatcher (USU) 6-1, 6-1 6. Kasper Konyves (UNLV) def. Nikita Ryashchenko (USU) 6-3, 6-2 Doubles competition 1. Schoeman/Markel (UNLV) def. Poslusny/Marchant (USU) 8-6 2. Bouras/Batyi (UNLV) def. Thatcher/Peterson (USU) 8-3 3. Konyves/Bull (UNLV) def. Asplund/Ryashchenko (USU) 8-4-USU-

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