The Weber State University men’s tennis team knocked off in-state rival Utah State University on Wednesday, defeating the Aggies 4-3.

WSU head coach Brad Ferreira said he was happy to see the team get the win, especially after losing to USU earlier in the year.

“This is a good win for us,” Ferreira said. “They beat us by a point earlier this year in Logan, so it was nice to have the guys come out strong and get this one.”

The Wildcats got the winning point of the day in doubles play, winning the No. 2 and 3 matches to take a 1-0 lead. Sanjay Goswami and Todd Fought claimed an 8-5 win over the USU team of Sean Lovesque and Fredrik Peterson in the No. 2 match, while Ryan Garner and Anthony Trabert took an 8-6 win at No. 3 over Marcus Fritz and Andrew Whiting.

In singles, the Wildcats withstood an Aggie comeback attempt by getting the split they needed to clinch the match as Fought, Goswami and Garner each took wins in singles play.

Fought defeated Peterson 6-1, 7-5 in the No. 2 match, and Goswami downed Lovesque 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 5 match. Garner clinched the match for WSU by earning a hard-fought 7-6, 7-5 win over Curran Wearmouth in the No. 6 spot.

The Wildcats finished off the match early, taking a 4-1 lead before the Aggies took the final two singles matches.

WSU improved to 6-9 on the season with the win, while USU fell to 5-10.

The Wildcats will now travel to Montana this weekend, where they’ll face off against the University of Montana and Montana State University. Following that, they will return to Ogden next week to take on Seattle University, the University of North Dakota and the University of Northern Colorado.

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