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USU tennis: Utah State blanks Southern Utah and Idaho State in opening matches

Utah State men's tennis (2-0) defeated Southern Utah (0-1) and Idaho State (0-1) 7-0 on Saturday at the Sports Academy and Racquet Club.

"It was a good start for us today," head coach James Wilson said. "The guys did a really good job of competing hard and just taking care of business. They did a really good job and had a really good start."

The Aggies started off the day by earning the doubles point against Southern Utah. Sophomore Sergiu Bucur and freshman Jose Carvajal broke serve three times to sweep their set, 6-0, at the No. 3 spot against Conor Tordoff and Guy Feigin. The other two matches were tighter, before senior Andrew Nakajima and freshman Valdemar Holm secured the doubles point with a 7-5 victory over Remus Cope and Agustin Tamagnone in the top doubles spot.

Carvajal and Holm started off singles with a pair of victories at the No. 3 and No. 4 spots, respectively. Carvajal finished first with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tamagnone, followed closely by Holm who dropped just three games, winning 6-1, 6-2 against Feigin. Junior Samuel Serrano clinched the Aggie victory with a singles win of his own, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 1 spot against Guerra. The teams played out the rest of the singles matches with Bucur winning shortly after Serrano, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot against Morales. Freshman Addy Vashistha followed suit with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Jose Ortega at the No. 5 spot. After winning the first set, 7-5, and being down 4-1 in the second, Acosta battled back to win the second set, and, therefore, his match, in the tiebreaker, 7-6 (8-6), against Cope at No. 6 singles.

The Aggies also earned the doubles point against Idaho State. Because of Idaho State defaulting the No. 3 spot, the Aggies needed to win just one doubles set to secure the point. After Serrano and Bucur lost their set, 6-4, to David Felix and Francis Filipovich at the second position, it came down to Nakajima and Holm at No. 1 doubles. The duo captured the point with a 6-4 victory over Peter Trhac and Keegan Sullivan.

Utah State swept the Bengals in singles. Carvajal started the Aggies off with a 6-2 first-set win and didn't drop a point in the second to win it, 6-0, over Felix at No. 2 singles. Vashistha followed closely with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Sullivan at the No. 4 spot. Holm had a closer first set, winning 6-4, but he dropped just one game in the second, 6-1, to win the match against Filipovich at the No. 3 spot. Serrano faced Trhac at the No. 1 spot, winning 6-3, 6-4. Acosta again rounded out the singles results with a 6-1, 6-1 win in the No. 5 spot.

Utah State is back in action Sunday, Jan. 21, when it travels to face Utah in a Beehive State showdown at noon.

Ashley Springer is a student at Utah State University studying journalism and communication. Springer is an intern with the USU athletic department's media relations.