LOGAN, UTAH – The New Mexico State men’s tennis team was able to bounce back after dropping the doubles point to win 4-2 over Utah State on Saturday, April 13, in a Western Athletic Conference match.
The Aggies started off slow with a loss of the doubles point. Although Luis Ramirez and Marc Westgate were able to win at the No. 1 spot, 8-6, the next two Aggie pairs fell to the northern Aggies.
NM State did not hesitate to come back in singles play with four wins on the six courts to pick up the final win of the regular season. Ramirez won at the top singles position in three sets. He fell in the first game 6-2, but battled his way back 7-5 and 6-2 in the next two games for the point.
At the second court, freshman Daniel Fernandez boosted his winning streak to six singles matches at the No. 2 spot. He claimed his 6-1, 6-4, win over Fredrik Peterson to improve his individual record to 4-1 in WAC play.
Germain Degardin and Patrick Pfister helped the crimson Aggies claim the victory with wins at the fourth and sixth courts, respectively. Pfister notched his fourth consecutive win at the No. 6 spot, third straight in WAC play, and Degardin finished the weekend undefeated in singles play with a win over Seattle U on Friday, in two sets at the No. 4 spot.
NM State improves to 13-8 this season and 3-2 in league play. Next on the schedule for NM State is the WAC Championships in Denver, Colo., April 25-28.
New Mexico State 4, Utah State 2
1. Luis Ramirez (NMSU) def. Sven Poslusny (USU) 2-6, 7-5, 6-2
2. Daniel Fernandez (NMSU) def. Fredrik Peterson (USU) 6-1, 6-4
3. Matt Sweet (USU) def. Marc Westgate (NMSU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
4. Germain Degardin (NMSU) def. Marcus Fritz (USU) 6-3, 6-0
5. Curran Wearmouth (USU) vs. Paul Denele (NMSU) 6-3, 3-3, unfinished
6. Patrick Pfister (NMSU) def. Tanner Dance (USU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Luis Ramirez/Marc Westgate (NMSU) def. Sven Poslusny/Matt Sweet (USU) 8-6
2. Andrew Whiting/Marcus Fritz (USU) def. Germain Degardin/Yannick Blank (NMSU) 8-4
3. Fredrik Peterson/Curran Wearmouth (USU) def. Daniel Fernandez/Paul Denele (NMSU) 8-6