OGDEN, Utah — Utah State men’s tennis could not cage Weber State on Thursday in Ogden, as the Wildcats were able to defeat the Aggies, 5-2. The Aggies have gone 4-6 in their last 10 matches and will look to rebound as they prepare for the upcoming Western Athletic Conference Championships, that begins on Friday, April 29, in Boise, Idaho. Utah State battled hard early in doubles action, in the third position seniors Jakob Asplund and Nikita Ryashchenko were able to capture an 8-2, win. Weber State would take the final two doubles matches to secure the opening point and put USU in an early hole. Singles action was highlighted with three of the six matchups going into a third set as both teams battled to gain to the upper hand. In the No. 2 slot for the Aggies was Asplund who was down early after dropping the opening set, 6-3, to Landon Barlow. Asplund would respond in the second set with a hard fought, 7-6 win that evened up the match and forced a tie-breaking third set. Asplund took control early in the super tie-breaker and could not be slowed, earning, 10-4 third set win that captured the first point of the match for Utah State. Senior Bryan Marchant took an early advantage over Weber State’s Peter Ramstromer Pello, after capturing the opening set, 6-2. Marchant could not close out Ramstromer Pello in the second, as he dropped the second set, 7-6. That set up, yet again, another third set showdown. Marchant was determined and would not be denied by Ramstromer Pello in the super tie-breaker as Marchant won the tie-breaker, 10-5. Marchant and Asplund were the only players for USU able to secure a point against the ferocious Wildcats.The highlight of the afternoon came at the fifth position of singles play, where senior Alex Thatcher found himself locked in a frenzied three-set thriller, against Weber State’s Dave Hintze. Hintze and Thatcher came out with guns blazing, as the two traded points late into the opening set, but Hintze gained the late advantage to take the opening set, 7-6. Thatcher would respond in the second with an impressive, 6-4 second set win to force a deciding third set. The action was just getting started between Thatcher and Hintze, as neither player would relent or allow the other to gain an advantage. Neither could earn the advantage as action pressed passed the 10-point threshold, trading point for point and forcing the action relentlessly onward. Thatcher would blink first, as Hintze scored the final point to secure a, 16-14 win over Thatcher. The Aggies will look to their four experienced seniors to lead them into the WAC Championships on April 29,in Boise, Idaho. USU has posted a 2-4 WAC record, which is currently fourth in the conference standings. The brackets for the tournament will be announced by the conference next week.Fans can follow Utah State athletics, including men’s tennis, at http://twitter.com/USUAthletics.com. Weber State 5, Utah State 2Singles competition1. Simon Unger (WSU) def. Sven Poslusny (USU) 6-3, 6-32. Jakob Asplund (USU) def. Landon Barlow (WSU) 3-6, 7-6, 10-43. Caio Poitena (WSU) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-1, 6-34. Bryan Marchant (USU) def. P. Ramstromer Pello (WSU) 6-2, 6-7, 10-55. Dave Hintze (WSU) def. Alex Thatcher (USU) 7-6, 4-6, 16-146. Oliver Good (WSU) def. Nikita Ryashchenko (USU) 7-6, 6-2Doubles competition1. Unger/Good (WSU) def. Marchant/Poslusny (USU) 8-62. Barlow/Hintze (WSU) def. Thatcher/Peterson (USU) 8-43. Ryashchenko/Asplund (USU) def. Ramstromer Pello/Poitena (WSU) 8-2-USU-
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