Weber State Men’s Tennis team stayed perfect in conference play as they defeated conference opponents Southern Utah and Northern Arizona with a combined win total of 12-2.

“Everyone performed extremely well in today’s match,” Director of Tennis Brad Ferreira said of the team’s performance on Saturday. “It was a great win to have under our belt before we take on Northern Arizona University.”

Weber State began the weekend strong with a quick sweep 7-0 of the Thunderbirds of SUU. In the doubles competition, the No. 1 pairing of Sanjay Goswami and Stefan Cooper took down Ryan Andrus and Branden Olcott spot 6-1.

“It’s important to come out strong in the beginning,” Goswami said after the match. “If you come out and get that first point, it starts off the singles pretty well too. We all played solid, everyone helped out.”

In the No. 2 spot, Todd Fought and Jakub Gewert defeated Jacob Nelson and Ben Yeacker by an overall score of 6-1. To finish off doubles, the No. 3 pairing of Landon Barlow and Hou-En Chen defeated Peyton Garnett and Joshua Coen 6-0.

The Wildcats kept their foot on the pedal going into the singles matches with Weber State winning each of the six matches.

“These guys are a good team they mix it up with slices, high balls and low balls so it can be tough to keep your focus and rhythm,” said sophomore Stefan Cooper of the singles competition, “but I think everyone did a great job sticking to their game, being aggressive and closing out their matches.”

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Sophomore Stefan Cooper gets low for a save during his singles match against Southern Utah University. (Christina Huerta / The Signpost) Photo credit: Christina Huerta

Gewert defeated Nelson 6-0, 6-2 in the No. 1 spot to break his four match losing streak that has plagued his season thus far. Fought took down Andrus 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 2 spot, while Cooper was able to defeat Olcott 6-1, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot.

Barlow took down Coen in the No. 4 with scores of 6-0, 6-0. Goswami took down Yeacker 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 5 spot. Scott Hintze beat Peyton Garnett 6-0, 6-1 in the No. 6 spot.

Weber State was able to continue winning on the weekend as they took on the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona University with a result of 5-2. Sophomore Stefan Cooper spoke of the matchup prior to Sunday.

“They bring a lot of size, a lot of depth and we feel we match up well with them,” said Cooper.

The team now sits at 5-0 in conference play and are 6-6 overall on the season. The team will take to the road for two matches and will then return home to face off against Sacramento State and Idaho State April 9 and 10.

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