The Weber State University men’s tennis team picked up its first win of the season on Saturday as they defeated Colorado Mesa 6-1 in their first home match of the season.
“We had a match this morning so everyone was a little tired,” said WSU head coach Brad Ferreira. “Everybody played well. We’ve been working hard and practicing hard.”
In doubles match play, the duo of Shao-Po Yin and Stefan Cooper dropped the No. 1 match as Colorado Mesa’s Jordan Lyden and Spencer Weinberg came away with the 6-4 win. The Wildcats ended up winning the doubles point after Dylan Hansel and Landon Barlow won the No. 2 match 6-1 and Hou-En Chen and Scott Hintze took the No. 3 match 7-5.
The only other match the Wildcats would end up losing was the No. 1 singles match, when Lyden topped Cooper in two sets (7-5, 6-2). Hintze dominated the No. 6 match, as he took the first set against Duncan Alger 6-0 before sweeping the match with a 6-3 victory in the second set.
“I felt that I did really good,” Hintze said. “I just tried to keep the ball in bounds and it worked. I think my opponent was playing well; the only difference was he made a little bit more errors then I did that ended up changing the whole match.”
Hansel and Mavericks freshman Ben Schlichting put up a close performance in the No. 5 match. But after a 7-6 win in the first set, Hansel went on to take the second set 6-3 to give him the sweep.
“I felt I played a little tight,” Hansel said. “I was really inconsistent. My opponent was really good at putting balls back into play so I should have just gone out and swung a little more.”
After losing 4-1 at Utah State earlier in the day, Ferreira was happy to see his team perform well in the home match.
“It was nice to see Dylan and Scotty — who don’t normally get to play — play very well for us today.” Ferreira said. “They were good wins.”
The Wildcats’ next two games will come as a double-header on Saturday when they host University of Missouri-Kansas City (2-0) at 10 a.m. and University of Nebraska-Omaha (1-2) at 3 p.m.