The Weber State University men’s tennis team fell by a point to the Utah State University Aggies on Wednesday, ending the final 4-3.
Out of the three doubles matches, WSU’s Simon Unger and Oliver Good came out victorious in an 8-5 match against Sven Poslusny and Marcus Fitz from USU. The Aggies took the next two matches 8-3 and 9-7, winning the doubles battle.
In singles play, Unger, Peter Ramstromer Pello and Caio Poitena each earned victories for the Wildcats, but the team could not come away with the final point that it needed to swing the match.
Unger defeated Poslusny 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 1 match, while Ramstromer Pello downed Fredrik Peterson 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4. Poitena pulled out a tough 7-5, 7-6 decision against Lenny Whiting at No. 5 for the Wildcats’ final point of the match.
After USU had won singles points at No. 2 and 3, the match came down to the No. 6 match, where WSU’s Ryan Garner was facing off with Nate Ballam. Ballam took the opening set 6-4, but Garner bounced back to force a third set with a 7-6 win in the second set. The pair fought a tight battle again in the deciding set, but Garner came up one break short, and Ballam took the set 7-5.
“They played extremely well in some tough matchups,” said Head Coach Jared Burnham. “We need to play a little better and finish our sets, and then we will be on track.”
Although the Wildcats played a very close match, they look to improve upon their performance.
“It was a tough match that we will be improving on tomorrow,” Good said. “We had many good performances, but we are concentrated on getting a win this coming weekend.”
The Wildcats dropped to 1-5 on the season with the loss. WSU will return to action on Saturday as they open up its Big Sky home schedule against Northern Arizona at 1:30 p.m. at the Ogden Athletic Club.