LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s tennis played host to the opening day of action of Utah State Open on Thursday. The Aggies hosted Weber State, Boise State and Utah at the USU outdoor tennis courts. Competition began Thursday morning with the singles round of 32 and continued throughout the day, ending with doubles action in the early evening. In singles play, USU began the day with nine competitors, freshmen Alex Daines, Sven Poslusny and Jose Limon sophomore Nate Ballam, juniors Jakob Asplund, Alex Thatcher, Nikita Ryashchenko and Bryan Marchant, along with senior Amit Maharj. Asplund and Marchant advanced to round 16 after a bye along with victorious Aggies Thatcher, Ryashchenko, Psolusny, Ballam and Maharaj in the round 32.USU will continue to see action on Friday, Sept. 25, taking the courts at 10:30 a.m. with four competitors in the singles quarterfinal round, Poslusney, Asplund, Ryashchenko and Marchant. Poslusney advances on after battling back through three sets in the round of 32 to defeat Nik Gourley, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3, and fellow Aggie Ballam, 6-0, 6-0, in the round of 16. In doubles action, USU advanced six of its seven teams to the quarterfinal round, including getting two byes. Ballam and Marchant highlighted the Aggies’ doubles wins by defeating Dave Hinzey and Ben Rhoad, 8-2.Doubles play will continue with the semifinal round Friday at 3 p.m. and will wrap up Saturday at 12 p.m. The Utah State Open continues Friday, Sept. 25 and concludes Saturday, Sept. 26, at the USU outdoor tennis courts. Admission is free and open to the public. USU Results – Singles Round of 32Asplund, Jakob (USU) byeMarchant, Spencer (Weber) def. Gallegos, Fernando (USU), 6-4, 6-0Sears, Scott def. Daines, Alex (USU), 6-2, 6-2Thatcher, Alex (USU) def. Hinzey, Dave, 6-4, 6-1Ryashchenko, Nikita (USU) def. Nilson, John, 6-1, 6-3Ballam, Nate (USU) def. Harris, Jaeden, 6-0, 6-0Poslusny, Sven (USU) def. Gourley, Nick, 1-6, 6-2, 6-3Limon, Jose (USU) def. Rhoad, Ben, 6-0, 6-2Marchant, Bryan (USU) byeMaharaj, Amit (USU) def. Olsen, Tyler, 6-0, 6-0 USU Results – Singles Round of 16Asplund, Jakob (USU) def. Marchant, Spencer, 6-1, 6-0Sears, Scott def. Thatcher, Alex (USU), 6-3, 6-4Ryashchenko, Nikita (USU) def. Smits, Jason, 6-3, 6-1Psolusny, Sven (USU) def. Ballam, Nate (USU), 6-2, 7-6Marchant, Bryan (USU) def. Limon, Jose (USU), 6-2, 6-3Kiehne, Sascha def. Maharaj, Amit (USU), 3-6, 6-1, 6-2DoublesRound 16Asplund, Jakob/Marchant, Bryan (USU) byeDaines, Alex/Gallegos, Fernando (USU) def. Gourley, Nick/Sears, Scott, 8-4Poslusny, Sven/Ryashchenko, Nikita (USU) byeBallam, Nate/Maharaj, Amit (USU) def. Hinzey, Dave/Rhoad, Ben, 8-2Burnham, Jared/Unger, Simon def. Limon, Jose/Thatcher, Alex (USU), 8-2-USU-
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