USU men’s tennis’ Wehnelt and Serrano honored by Mountain West

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State men’s tennis players Kai Wehnelt and Samuel Serrano both earned all-Mountain West honors as selected by the conference’s head coaches, it was announced Thursday by the conference office. Both Aggies picked up all-Mountain West honors in singles, and the duo was named an all-Mountain West doubles tandem.

Overall, it is the first- and second-career all-conference honors for both Wehnelt and Serrano, and they are the first duo to be named all-conference in doubles since Bryan Marchant and Sven Poslusny earned second-team all-WAC honors in 2011.

This season, Wehnelt, a junior from Berlin, Germany, posted a 25-15 overall singles record, matching the single-season wins record set by junior Jaime Barajas two years ago. In dual matches, Wehnelt went 4-2 against Mountain West foes playing at the Nos. 1 and 2 spots. He defeated San Diego State’s Milen Ianakiev, Air Force’s Isaac Perez, Nevada’s Julien Evrard and Boise State’s Kyle Butters. Overall, Wehnelt ended the regular season winning eight of his last 10 matches. In the fall, Wehnelt became the first Aggies to reach the finals of the ITA Mountain Region Tournament, where he took second place.

This year, Serrano, a sophomore from Cartegena, Colombia, posted a 20-9 overall record, including going 14-5 in dual matches and 3-1 against Mountain West foes. Serrano played primarily at the Nos. 3 and 4 spots during conference play. In league matches, he topped San Diego State’s Joel Popov, UNLV’s Ruben Alberts and New Mexico’s Lawrence Perrin. Serrano also posted the biggest win of the season when he clinched the match on the road against No. 12 TCU to book USU’s first trip to the ITA National Team Indoors in program history.

In doubles, the duo of Wehnelt and Serrano played most of the year at the first position and posted a 20-8 overall record, including 13-7 in dual matches and a 3-2 mark against conference foes. In MW play, they defeated the top duos from Fresno State, Nevada and Boise State, clinching the doubles point against the Bulldogs and the Wolf Pack.

The Aggies are back in action tomorrow at the Mountain West Championship when they face Boise State in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m., in Boise, Idaho.

Fans can follow USU’s women’s tennis team on Twitter @USUWomensTennis, on Facebook at UtahStateWomensTennis or on Instagram @USUWTennis. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter at @USUAthletics, on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on Instagram at @USUAthletics.

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