The Weber State University men’s tennis team hit the road over the weekend to Las Vegas, Nev. On Saturday, the Wildcats were matched up against Seattle University, and at the close of the day, the men’s tennis team ended up with a 4-3 win over the Redhawks.
The No. 1 doubles team of Simon Unger and Oliver Good took on Mark Shkrebtan, a senior from Washington, and Yusuke Kanehira, a junior from Tokyo. The pair ended up with an 8-1 win over the Redhawks.
“It took a while for us to get going, but after we started playing a bit, we cruised right on through,” Unger said.
Unger and Good are a nationally ranked pair. They are ranked at the top with Stanford and UCLA, putting WSU’s name and their own at No. 43.
Ryan Garner and David Hintze also came out with a win for the doubles matches. The WSU pair took on sophomores Kevin Lynch and Jason Bediones.
“We knew that this was going to be a good match,” Hintze said. “So as a pair we both knew that we needed to be focused and get to the net to be successful and end up with a win.”
The Wildcat doubles team beat the Redhawk pair with an 8-4 win.
Overall, the doubles came out with a clean sweep. Pello Ramstromer and Caio Poitena ended up winning their match over the SU pair of senior Simon Meske and junior Kyle Rapp. The WSU pair came up ahead with an 8-4 win over the Redhawks.
“Caio played very good, as well as Pello; they had a great match,” Good said.
The ‘Cats ended up winning three out of the six singles matches played. The No. 1 seat Unger beat his opponent Shkrebtan. The match ended up with Unger taking the win against Shkrebtan, 6-3, 6-2.
“He (Unger) played tough and played very well,” Hintze said.
Unger has only had a handful of losses this season, and this match will keep him tallying up the wins not only for himself but for his team.
The Wildcats took two other wins in singles play. Hintze at the No. 4 seat defeated Bediones and ended the match with a 6-0, 6-4 win.
“This weekend was a great weekend for a match. The Vegas weather couldn’t have been better. It was very easy and comfortable to play in,” Hintze said.
The weather was in the mid-80s while the team played its matches over the weekend.
The next win for the Wildcats came from Ramstromer. Ramstromer played sophomore Kevin Lynch at the No. 3 singles seat. Ramstromer won the match with a 6-3, 7-5 score, putting WSU ahead to win the match against the Redhawks.