September 29, 2022

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Utah State Men’s Tennis Loses Another Heartbreaker to Portland, 4-3

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State men’s tennis came back from a 3-0 deficit to tie the match at 3-3 before losing to Portland, 4-3, on Sunday at the Sports Academy & Racquet Club. It is USU’s sixth loss this season by a score of 4-3.

USU fell into an early hole in doubles play. Juniors Roko Savin and David Cierny earned a victory on court three but losses on courts one and two sunk the Aggies into a 1-0 deficit entering singles play, where two more wins for the Pilots at the first and third position put Portland up in the match, 3-0. 

The Aggies mounted a furious comeback starting at the fourth position. Freshman Sergi Mico Fenollar outlasted Portland’s Issa Yoshida in a marathon tiebreak to conclude the second set and escape with the victory, 6-2, 7-6 (13-11). Junior Bodin Zarkovic stretched his unbeaten streak to 10 matches with a win at the No. 2-spot over Eleftherios Neos, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4.Junior Javier Ruiz then squared the match at three apiece with a straight-sets win at the sixth position, 6-2, 6-3, over Portland’s Nikolas Tvedt.

USU’s comeback hopes came to an end at the sixth position as the Pilots won a third-set tiebreak to seal the victory for Portland.

The Aggies are set to conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule on Saturday, March 26, at BYU at 1 p.m. (MT).

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RESULTS

Utah State 3, Portland 4

Sports Academy & Racquet Club

Logan, Utah

Doubles

1. Eleftherios Neos/Issa Yoshida (UP) def. Jack Ninteman/Javier Ruiz (USU) 6-3

2. Sema Pankin/Nikolas Tvedt (UP) def. Felipe Acosta/Bodin Zarkovic (USU) 7-5

3. David Cierny/Roko Savin (USU) def. Nicolas Ocana/Julien Penzlin (UP) 6-2

Singles

1. Pankin (UP) def. Cierny (USU) 7-6 (5), 6-3

2. Zarkovic (USU) def. Neos (UP) 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4

3. Penzlin (UP) def. Acosta (USU) 6-3, 6-4

4. Sergi Mico Fenollar (USU) def. Yoshida (UP) 6-2, 7-6 (11)

5. Nicolas Ocana (UP) def. Savin (USU) 0-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3)

6. Ruiz (USU) def. Tvedt (UP) 6-2, 6-3

Match Notes

Utah State: 6-8 (0-0 MW)

Portland: 4-6 (0-1 WCC)

Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (3, 1, 4, 2, 6, 5)

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